tiyul number 10 – red canyon

by Aviv Blum on January 12, 2011

Tiyul #10

December 8, 2010. tiyul number ten was good. we spent 3 nights and 4 days in Eilat. 3 out of 4 days we were hiking there. in our day off we went snorkeling. tiyul number ten was on our last day on our way out. we drove up to the starting point and we were ten people. when we got out of the car, it was surprisingly very cold out, so a lot of us took sweatshirts for the hike. the hike started like a nice walk in the park until we reached the actual canyon. it was pretty amazing, there were several ladders we had to go down and it was very narrow, and of coarse, red. the bad part was that we got stuck in people traffic because there were so many people on the trail. after about an hour where we were all stuck in a tight place with like a hundred people we got out of the canyon and stepped into the wide open space. THEN, FINALLY we were alone. we got on a very wide and slippery type trail. i was having a little trouble because I do not have hiking boots yet and if I did my foot would not be slipping on the ground. we walked about a kilometer or so until we got to a narrower trail, which led us, uphill up a steep mountain. we climbed until the top, but it did not take so long. but at the top we had amazing views. then we kept walking on a wide trail again, by that point we didn’t need our sweatshirts anymore, it was beginning to get a little hot. then we walked a little bit more and climbed two more little climbs and then we found a shady spot for lunch. after we ate we continued on the same wide trail, there was no shade at all. we continued until we saw a small uphill trail which led us to a plateau which we already got to in our car, so we had to walk 15 minutes to our cars on a jeep road which wasn’t so pleasant when a car passed by because it just threw a ton of dust on us. then we reached the car, some of us got ice cream and we headed home.

Gathered for another great tiyul

Plunging into the canyon

Here comes Abba!

Brothers and sister

The view from above

I'm on the top of the world

I love clouds!

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Safta January 14, 2011 at 12:02 am

Well, Aviv, this hike seemed very different than all the previous hikes you’ve undertaken. First of all, I think this is the first hike where there was a traffic jam of hikers. Secondly, it’s a good thing that all of you are on the thin side, as it would be very difficult to slide through the narrow boulders otherwise. Also, I found out you love clouds and you love being on top of the world!
Every Tiyul you undertake teaches me something new about you!

Jen van Stelle January 14, 2011 at 12:32 am

Aviv, no hiking boots yet?!? Everyone else in the picture looks like they have them… Your Abba is going to need to get you some real soon (hint, hint), so you can break them in over the next few months, or else your feet (and you!) will not be so happy when you’re trekking in Nepal.

Love your photo of the clouds!

Cincy Cousins January 14, 2011 at 2:23 am

Another great hike! In places, it looks like a well known hike in upstate New York call “the lemon squeeze” for obvious reasons. There, you also have to wait for the logjam to clear as everyone tries to squeeze through. I don’t know if anyone’s gotten stuck, but it wouldn’t surprise me. Thanks again for sharing another great experience. Rick and Bev

Arlene January 14, 2011 at 7:46 am

Great Hike Aviv. One of my favorite places.
Maybe you’ll get some hiking boots for your bar mitzvah!!

Jody Blum January 14, 2011 at 10:06 am

Really enjoyed doing this hike with you Aviv. It was a beautiful day. My favorite part was climbing up the rock mountain and seeing the view from above (3rd to last photo) where we could really see why it’s called the RED canyon!
Yes, it’s time to get your hiking boots now. We waited til now since you grew about 5 inches in the last 3 month! xx00Imma

Uncle Dave January 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm

It looked really fun, hiking through a narrow canyon like that. Even with the traffic jam… I wish I could join you on these hikes. The desert scenery is very different from what we have here in Northern California. No redwoods in Israel, huh? 🙂

Looking forward to hearing about your next Tiyul.

Uncle Dave

Shira Rosenschein January 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Dear Aviv,
I enjoyed seeing these photos and reading about your hike. I look forward to doing some hikes or trips with your family sometime!
–Shira Rosenschein

lynne January 17, 2011 at 7:05 pm

hi aviv!

what a great hike! i love that you entered with tons of people and then managed to find your own quiet path! it looks gorgeous there…and as usual, i felt like i was hiking right alongside you!

thanks, once again, for giving us yet another israeli adventure!

love, lynne

SABA January 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Hi Aviv,
Wow!! This looks like the best hike yet. The pictures really look great and it sems like you and the family are really getting some great exposure to some interesting and challenging places.
I guess it didn’t hurt that the weather looked great.
Your getting a lot closer to your goal and also to your Bar Mitzvah and your trip to Nepal.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Dori and Rich January 31, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Hi Aviv;
Great Hike! Your description reads that you had an amazing time. We love the Negev. Have you been to the flour caves? We had such an enjoyable time when we went.
Yup, it is time for hiking boots. Ima was smart to wait as you are growing. Take care
Dori and Rich

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