September 8th, 2009


MAKHTESH GADOL, ISRAEL–Our primary field area on this trip is near Dimona, Israel.  Outside the town is a famous facility with domed buildings and a very well guarded fence, complete with cameras and razor wire.  My Israeli friends tell me that it is a top secret ice cream research complex.

Part of the security for the production of all this “ice cream” is a tethered blimp which rises high above the desert, presumably carrying loads of cameras and other remote sensing devices.  Today we saw it being slowly reeled out, first rising as a startling image on the horizon of the makhtesh, and then almost disappearing in the distant sky.  We waved hello.

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