the problem with waiting to blog about a trip until 6 weeks later? not only have i already forgotten some details, but i also have newer adventures that i’m itching to write about. so, the last week and a half’s worth of travel stories from winter break 2013 will be condensed into two blog posts. today i’ll tackle the exploration of northern israel, mostly with pictures and a few explanations sprinkled in for good measure.
***caesarea and akko***
after leaving the desert fortress of masada, we drove north to kiryat ata looking for the residential home we’d rented for two nights. in pleasant contrast to some of our other accommodations, we found ourselves in a spacious, well-lit, heated upstairs apartment, with incredible homemade bread delivered to us each morning. delicious.
warm and well-fed, we headed out to explore early the next morning:
***mount of precipice, nazareth, and mount tabor***
note to self: next time, rent a gps.
we wanted to see many of the smaller cities in northern israel, specifically ones that are traditionally part of the bible stories. all three of us prefer moving at our own pace and exploring areas a bit off the beaten path, so we definitely did not want a tour guide. but after getting lost in multiple teeny tiny cities that are not well marked — especially when attempting to reach mount tabor by taking what appeared to be the most direct route — i’ll be splurging for the gps.
***arbel national park and the horns of hattin***
it was too wet and rainy to hike to the famous cliffs at arbel national park, unfortunately, so we hiked shorter and less steep paths around the park, before heading to the battle site where saladin beat the crusaders in the twelfth century. and fun fact: the horns of hattin is an extinct volcano. wild.
we abandoned our rental car when we bottomed out on the dirt road, and hiked the rest of the way to the top. when we arrived, winded and tired, a light rain began to fall. it was beautiful.
***church of the loaves and fishes, capernaum, mount of beatitudes, and tiberias***
new year’s eve celebrations are limited in israel, as the populace tends to celebrate the jewish and islamic new years instead. we welcomed the new year with dinner, toasts, and a parking ticket. the next morning, we returned to jordan for the final leg of our trip.