My modem failed me the first day out so if you were looking to see if we arrived safely, WE DID. It was a good flight, arriving a little before 2:00 p.m. local time, 45 minutes ahead of schedule. We got through passport control, got our luggage and met our guide Nir and bus driver Isaac. We also arrived to one of the strongest storms they have had in some time. The winds howled at gale force all through our first night. It also rained some as we first arrived but we still stopped by to see the ancient port of Joppa. This is where Jonah headed the opposite direction from Ninevah and Peter saw the vision from heaven that led him to go to the house of Cornelius in Caesarea. Here are some pictures from our first day. We had varied amounts of sleep the first night.