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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Day trip to see the bloom on Valentine Day

After a week of constant rain we found out that at the foot of the Israeli desert there is an outstanding bloom of  the “KALANIT” and in English the Anemone red flower.

In general we love to hike in the desert especially in the winters where the climate is very mild and suitable for any out door activities except when there is a flood,then you better stay away from the place.

To avoid the heavy traffic we chose not to go during the weekend what later we found as a very wise decision as only few visitors were in the area  and it made all the difference.

  It did not take us long to get our things ready for a 2 hour drive South towards Sederot and from there another 12 KM towards the village of Shokeda .

Due to the beautiful bloom many visitors came to the area what forced the village to make a path around the village for the visitors and avoid going through the village.


Map picture


The first thought that came to our mind when we got closer that there is a fire in the woods but it was the carpets of the red blooming flowers,unfortunately I can show you only the pictures  without the smell and the buzz of the bees.

Red carpet Anemone bloom&US

We walked the paths along the colored carpets as  in a dream,sometimes you could see the red color as far as the horizon,some people just sat and enjoyed the red show as the wind moved the flowers as waves in the sea and some sat down to paint the scenery-it was an OUTSTANDING sight.

We also loved the fact that people and especially kids were very careful not to step on the flowers,look enjoy and let the nature take care of itself.

This weekend there will be a storm and next week this magnificent sight will turn green again-till next year.

It is a small country (Florida is 8 times larger) but it is beautiful and diverse.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Day Hike in South Golan Heights.

While in Europe the cold weather front is taking a toll we are experiencing the most beautiful climate at this time,it is cold crispy and the skies are perfect blue, of course there is a downside to this   and is a luck of rain but as one said before “we can not control the weather so why waist energy on the issue ?” and so we did not and took advantage of this lovely day to hike 8 miles along the MEZARR Wadi in South Golan Heights.

Map picture

Begining of the day hike.

The bus collected the hiking group starting at 630AM and at 8AM off loaded us at the starting point,we carried the breakfast ,lunch and water with us all the way and eat on the route.

During the day the wind changed as we climbed and we had to peal and add clothing like an onion.

This hiking group exists more than 15 years with more or less the same people,so it is always great to meet old friends on these occasions.

The Golan Heights are blessed with gorgeous mountain views and few waterfalls that are beautiful to watch in the spring after the rain and the melting snow from Hermon Mountain that has its South sloops in Israel and the North sloops in Lebanon.

We are  winter “seasonal” hikers because for the last 10 years we RV in N.America every summer with our 5W and are happy to find the “balance” between our HOME in Israel and our “Home on wheels” in North America,lets hope this will last for many more years….We arrived at home at 8PM after a great day, tired but happy and are looking forward for the next day trip at the end of this month,this does not mean that I am not working on our 11th RV trip that will start in late May and that will be fun too….

Till we meet again.