Hiking around Israel is great fun. The terrain varies so much over such short distances that you can easily hike through what looks like the deserts of southern Utah and the forests of California in the same day, stopping in Tel Aviv for a snack in between.
The Israel National Trail runs 580 miles from the city of Dan near Israel’s northern border to the country’s southern tip in Eilat. I’ve hiked small segments of the trail and have toyed a few times with the idea of hiking the trail’s full length.
A couple of days ago I was joking around with Ayo about doing the hike and I put together a month-by-month schedule for the next year and a half, just so I could schedule in two months for Shvil Yisrael in March and April 2012. Ayo wouldn’t be interested in joining me for the entire trip, so I thought that she could do something fun in Israel and meet up with me on weekends. Alternately, we could recruit some friends to join for part of the trek, as Ayo much prefers trekking in a group. So much for not planning 🙂
We’ll see what happens, although I’m thinking that I’ll give the trail a go.
We’re heading south to Eilat today, busing down to 80-degree weather with two Birthright trip participants. I planned a desert hike on the way: we’ll be alighting for a few hours to explore Lower Og Canyon near Almog. Continuing with the hiking theme, I found a few fantastic-looking day hikes in the Eilat Mountains. This southward push is looking to be a good move.
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