Driving in Israel and a Cool Tiyul

Rafi woke me when he came to our bed at 3 in the morning and I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I’ve been awake and thinking about our new life here.

There are lots of basic life functions that are still difficult, like getting gas. It would have become easier if we had a car and filled it up regularly, but we borrow Jeff’s uncle’s car only occasionally, and Jeff drives more often than not when we’re going somewhere together.

Driving in Israel is interesting, by the way. It’s very “flowy” because there are a lot of rotaries, and even when there is a stop light, cars turning right usually have a merge, not a stop. In general, you’re supposed to just keep going the way you need to go and watch cars, not road markings like center lines or lane lines or even street signs. (That’s difficult when you don’t know where you’re going, which is why to get to various parts of the city you follow big signs that say the name of the neighborhood instead of looking for street signs at every turn.)

Yesterday Rafi and I went on a short tiyul to Nesher Park, which is a JNF forest near the Technion.

http://www.israeltraveler.org/en/site/eagle-park-in-haifa

Two suspended bridges above a deep canyon are a real magnet for the many visitors who come to this special park, located near the city of Haifa. This park is a direct continuation of the eastern area of Mount Carmel, and as such it is thickly covered by oaks, terebinth trees and strawberry trees. It also offers convenient walking trails and observation points. But as said before, the main attraction here are the two suspended bridges, each spreading over 70 meters. Children will have a great time here. They will run back and forth on the bridges, again and again, and test their courage. After all, it is not every day that they are hanging in this way above an abyss, between heaven and earth. This park offers a relatively short walking trail (less than half an hour), but it is very much recommended to go on the little longer circular route (less than an hour walk) which goes throughKati’a Stream and ends in a lovely grove, which offers original and especially fun playground installations. Arrival from the Haruv Street.

I decided that now that Rafi is old enough to walk significant distances, it was time to introduce him to hiking. At first he wanted to go back because it looked like walking a long way without a purpose, but I enticed him with BRIDGES! Remember, we’re going to see some COOL! BRIDGES!

After a while, though he got into the whole idea of hiking for its own sake. He’s into jumping off of rocks, so we did some of that, and he showed me where the trail markings were and said, “See, I showed you the way, mommy!” It was a trail designed for kids, so it had signs at various points with factoids and things to do, like “be quiet and listen to see what you can hear.”

As for the bridges, we were not disappointed:

http://www.tog.co.il/en/Place.aspx?id=92 (Scroll down to see the pictures)

-Abby

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