Looking out over the rugged, peacefully beautiful landscape surrounding the former Jewish fortress of Masada in Israel, it is difficult to imagine the violence and tragedy that occurred here in the first century.
A trip to Israel takes a little more nerve than one to a less exotic place. I had signed up for one called “In the Footsteps of Christ,” and when I told others the news, I was met with frowns and disbelief from some — and envy and wonder by others.
As a line medic for a Marine platoon in Iraq 10 years ago, Petty Officer 1st Class Randall McClain treated the wounds of war, from blunt trauma to lacerations and an amputation. Now the senior medic aboard a guided-missile destroyer, the 39-year-old deals with seasickness, illness and the occasional light injury from accidents. He is, by his own admission, a little bored.
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