Your Tour Guide of Israel - Out Touring Without Tourists
Israel is now mostly open, having begun this past week, stage 2 of our 3 stage opening (the last part to be done in mid-June). We now have less than 2000 active corona cases and [only] 284 dead and just almost made a week without anyone unfortunately dying from this virus. Hotels, restaurants, bars, pools and museums are now open with some restrictions.
So finally after 2+ months of being alone in my apartment (apart from some grocery shopping), I finally got out this week and joined a few Israel tour guides in going on some research trips, out investigating every random hill and valley to see if there was something we could add to our repertoire. We went so off the beaten path that we literally in several places had to beat our own path. I wanted to share with you some of our adventures here.
Trip 1: Off to the Jordan Valley to see if we could find some sites of interest along that ride from the Dead Sea north along the Jordanian border towards Lake Kinneret/Sea of Galilee besides the Bet Shean region. We enjoyed some hiking, memorials and swimming in the water channel at Wadi Ouja, which marks the boundary between Judea and Samaria.
Trip 2: We hit the shfela - the foothills between the coastal plain and the central mountain ridge, turning up every random bush to look for caves and tunnels from the Bar Kochba revolt against the Romans 1900 years ago.
For those of you who are repeat visitors, want to seriously off the beaten path or just up for some outdoor (or underground) adventure, perhaps some of these sites may be for you. Check out the album below - plus the videos - to follow along with my adventures...
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