tiyul number 4 – neve ilan

by Aviv Blum on July 23, 2010

Tiyul #4

July 22, 2010. tiyul number 4 went successfully well! We left the house for neve ilan at three p.m. and we got there at four and started a few minutes after. We parked at the yeshuv neve ilan right next to the wedding hall which happened to be when we got there they were preparing for a wedding that was going to take place there later that night. We parked in a parking lot and went a few meters to a gate which beyond that was a dirt road of the hike. This hike was very similar to nachal katlav. First we walked on the red trail for about ten minutes and then turned right and went down into the valley/river. The whole hike was all beautiful and all of the hike was on a dirt rode except for a five minute part. After we got down to the bottom we turned on to the black trail, which was about 40 minutes, and it was along the bottom of the valley. The next part was in my opinion the most funnest part of the hike we walked a bit more until we got to the red trail, the red trail was the only five minute part which was not a jeep rode. And on this path there was some rock climbing which was fun. After five minutes of walking we got to a canyon. And this canyon was spectacular and there were huge rocks and beyond them were even bigger ones, if you do not understand me I will put pictures up and you can see for yourself. So there at the canyon we ate some snacks and I decided to take a little detour to the bottom. It was awesome in my opinion but there were also some parts which were hard to climb back up on the way back but of coarse, every problem has a solution. So I went back up and now, it was time to climb back up the wadi, because once you go down you must come up. So we went back a bit of the way of which we came and then turned on to the green trail. And oh boy oh boy oh boy! Let me tell you, that climb is the steepest climb I ever did. So we climbed up for twenty minutes and in the middle of the climb occasionally we stopped to look behind us and you know what? We saw modiin! So we climbed until we reached the red trail and turned left. We climbed some more until we got to some ruins from like 2000 years ago. But the amazing part of the ruins was that there were no trees to block us and we could see everything around us, we could even see until bar giyora! So then we climbed some more. Now, we knew that at one point we would be hiking in the sunset but we did not know it would be that beautiful! We were climbing a mountain while watching the sun get higher from behind us because we were going up! It was an incredible sight and I’m also going to put pictures of the sunset, hope you enjoy them. So basically, after that we hiked all the way back to our car. And I think it was a very beautiful hike!!!

Abba and me

Beautiful landscape

Victory in the canyon!

Deeper into the canyon

The whole family in the canyon

The trail

Another part of the trail

And here's Abba on the same trail

Cool black flowers

Very sweaty Abba after the long climb up

Incredible sunset!

Abba and Imma enjoy the sunset (and themselves)

Funky tree

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

shelley brinn July 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Hi Aviv,
I enjoyed reading your blog. Great pictures too! Do you have all of your tiyulim planned already or are you looking for suggestions??
You must really be getting to know the land by now-each and every rock!
Kol HaKavod…

aviv July 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm

well, we do have enough hikes but were always open for new suggestions if you have a hike that we should do.

Dave Blum July 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

That sounds like a great hike! It’s so cool that you can be hiking in Israel and come upon 2000-year-old ruins. Has that happened on other tiyulim?

I look forward to your future journeys!

Uncle Dave

Jen van Stelle July 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Great photos, Aviv — I particularly like the one of your Abba and Imma with the sun setting behind them, and the one of you titled “Victory in the Canyon!”

You mentioned that you’d found some ruins from 2000 years ago — what was originally there?

Grandma Carol July 24, 2010 at 4:16 am

Wow Aviv, your writing is so descriptive, I almost feel like I’m there hiking with you! I wish I were…I’m looking forward to hiking with you and your family when we come to Israel for some special occasion- now what was it–oh yes, your Bar Mitzvah. Can’t wait! Keep up the good hiking and the terrific writing you are doing.

Marc Render July 24, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Great pics! Keep hiking and those uphills will be easy!

debbie July 25, 2010 at 10:13 am

hi aviv i enjoyed reading about your hike – maybe you can have one hike where we can all come too???? every time i read your blog it makes me want to go hiking!!!!
have a great time at camp!!!!

lynne July 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm

hi aviv!

i just love reading your entries! i feel like i was there with you on the hike; can’t wait to do these hikes with my kids when they’re older – you’re creating a wonderful hiking guide for others as well as amazing memories for you and your parents!

kol hakavod!


אלירם July 25, 2010 at 8:02 pm

שלום אביב

קוראים לי אלירם ואני חבר ותיק של אימך,אני גר בצורן ויש לי 3 ילדים,יוגב בן 21,עינב בת 17 ורותם בת 15.
שמחתי לשמוע על המשימה שבחרת לקראת בר המצווה שלך,אני גם אוהב מאוד את הארץ ונהנה מאוד לטייל בנופיה.
מעבר לכך נוצרה נקודת מפגש נוספת אשר קשורה לטיול ×”-4 שלך,אני עובד בחברה שמקימה מטבחים במקומות גדולים כמו אולמות,מסעדות,מוסדות וכו’.

לפני כ-10 ימים,הייתי באולם שנמצא במקום שממנו התחלתם את הטיול והשתתפתי בהקמתו לקראת החתונה הראשונה שהתקיימה בו,באותו היום שאתם יצאתם לטיול.

אשמח לספר לך אם תרצה על המשימות שבתי,עינב,עשתה לקראת בת המצווה שלה.

בהצלחה בכל אשר תפנה,אלירם

Aunt Marlene and Uncle Richard July 26, 2010 at 12:49 am

Hi Aviv,
This is truly an adventure for us as well. You are showing us Israel as we have not experienced and hope to be able to some day.

How do you pick these specific hikes? What a wonderful opportunity to spend such special time with your Abba and Imma. The photos are just wonderful. It looks like you are almost as tall as your Abba. Maybe you will be taller than Amir?

Thanks for sharing and keep enjoying.

Aunt Marlene and Uncle Richard

Dori and Rich July 27, 2010 at 1:44 am

Hey! What a great read. Your blog is so descriptive; Feels like we’re doing the climb with you and not sweating (like your Abba). Love the sunset pics. Oh, do we want to be there now. It is little over a year ago that we were in Israel, enjoying a beautiful shabat with your family. Look forward to your next one.

Safta & Papa Mike August 1, 2010 at 4:42 am

Hi Aviv,
Thanks for showing us these great places in Israel that we wouldn’t see without you! You are so fortunate to have parents who like to hike w/you and are also able to keep up with their 12 year old son! Because you’re able to show us the pictures, we almost feel like we’re there with you!
We look forward to the next hike and especially to being with you for your Bar Mitzvah!
xxx’s & ooo’s, Safta & Papa Mike

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