Saturday, March 21, 2009

HIKING THE JUDEAN HILLS (14th March, 2009)

Yet another hike from Midrasha and it was one of the best I had so far in Israel. The relatively easy routes engulfed with beautiful landscapes, supported by the pleasant spring weather, made the trip worth an experience. In brief, the 12 km stretch started from Ein Hemed (Aqua Bella) National Park and went through the Israeli-Arab villages of Ein Nakuba and Ein Raffa to the ruins of Tel Tzova. Had a nice view to the settlements near Jerusalem from an observation point of Tzova. From the ruins of Tel Tzova the trail took us via Ein Tzova to the ancient Sataf region. Taking a short break at the Ein Bikura spring of Sataf and hearing to the ancient agricultural methods practiced in Sataf, our next stop was at the spring of Ein Hindak. After having lunch at the green meadows of Ein Hindak, it was a steep hike to the twin springs of Ein Uzi and Ein Aminadav located above the modern village of Even Sapir. Our last halt was at Khirbet Se'adim. Due to lack of time and drizzling weather at late hours we rushed to the memorial Yad Kennedy and returned to Sede Boker.

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