Hike Day One | Following Footsteps

Karen BrierNegev Trip 2013

Today, our group of 16 Ramah hikers traveled west from Khirbet Hanot, following an ancient Roman Road. (For a general idea, see this description of the Caesar’s Route, although we did not follow the route exactly.) We hiked ten miles through the Judaea mountains and low plains, marveling at the changing landscape, the unusual vegetation, the magnificent flowers, and the unique wildlife. We visited archeological sites that could only be reached by foot, including Khirbet Qeiyafa, an archaeological site which dates back to the beginning of the First Temple Period (10th century BCE). While there, we enjoyed the views of Emek HaEla (where David was said to have fought Goliath) and Tel Azeka. Along the way, we gained new appreciation for the beauty of Eretz Yisrael and had incredible bonding moments.

Layla tov from Mashabei Sade,

Amy Skopp Cooper, National Associate Director