Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where John the Baptist did his baptizing thing with Jesus, is an important pilgrimage spot and tourist attraction. Of course, it's also in a militarized zone, which, you know, makes things weird.
With tourists on the viewing platform on the Jordanian side of the River Jordan, where we were escorted by a licensed guide and met a nice young Jordanian soldier with a giant rifle:
The tourists on the Israeli side of the River Jordan, accompanied by a nice young IDF soldier with a giant rifle:
And the 10 feet of hotly contested, politically charged water that runs beneath them:
... I saw above me, an endless skyway ...