Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Day 10 - Exploring the Negev

We woke up from our sleep out in the Bedouin tents at Chan Hashayrot excited to ride the camels. What an experience riding the camels. After our camel ride we loaded up Bus 979 and then went on a 2 hour hike through Nachal Hachaim. The beauty of the desert came through with the sun shining down on us. Our hike culminated with an invigorating climb up to Sde Boker where we visited the tomb of David Ben Gorion, Israel's 1st Prime Ministry. We were also able to see the desert ibex that Israel is known for. After learning about Ben Gurion we are headed west for lunch and then our "green" activity. More to follow soon...

We drove west from Sde Boker about an hour to a moshav (cooperative) in the Negev desert where we had lunch and then toured the different agricultural crops and learned how they efficiently use water to grow their crops. Along the way we had the chance to sample the freshly grown strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, carrots and fresh herbs. After this activity we headed northwest to Ashkelon for the night at the Dan Gardens. After dinner we had a great conversation about Jewish memory.

Looking forward to a good night's sleep and our last day in Tel Aviv.

No comments: