Three days after my arrival at Jerusalem,
I slipped out during the night, taking only a few others with me. I had not told anyone about the plans God had put in my heart for Jerusalem. We took no pack animals with us, except the donkey that I myself was riding.
I went out through the Valley Gate, past the Jackal's Well, and over to the Dung Gate to inspect the broken walls and burned gates.
References for Nehemiah 2:13
Then I went to the Fountain Gate and to the King's Pool, but my donkey couldn't get through the rubble.
So I went up the Kidron Valley instead, inspecting the wall before I turned back and entered again at the Valley Gate.
References for Nehemiah 2:15
The city officials did not know I had been out there or what I was doing, for I had not yet said anything to anyone about my plans. I had not yet spoken to the religious and political leaders, the officials, or anyone else in the administration.