tiyul number 11 – park rabin

by Aviv Blum on February 15, 2011

Tiyul #11

January 28th 2011. well we are now only one hike away from finishing my 12 bar mitzvah hikes, it’s really amazing that we have managed to accomplish so much. well, at the end of the January we set off to our eleventh hike in park Rabin. it was a very good hike, and my first with hiking boots. so at 9:15 in the morning we drove off to the Burma Road. we go there and we saw a big group of people about to go on a bike ride and we were very jealous but unfortunately, we came to hike, not to bike. so we started our hike and it was a nice smooth path on a beautiful morning. we started walking a bit and on the way we passed a lot of little playgrounds. the first part was very pleasant, some ups some downs and some statues. then we got to a nice little picnic spot which we stopped at for about 45 minutes after about an hour of walking. then we set to a short climb for about 15 minutes. after the climb we ran into a strangely fast turtle crossing the path in front of us, it was a nice surprise. then we kept walking for about an hourish, until we got to a little hill for about 15 minutes. then we took a rest and let about 100 bikers pass by us and then we set up to a long steep climb, strangely, for me, my hiking boots made my climb much easier. when we were done climbing we took a little break and then set down on our climb down which was hot and long, and believe me, by that point, everyone wanted to finish the hike because of the heat (and it was January!) so we found our way down and we walked down for about fifteen minutes after that and in that whole time we had eyesight of our finishing destination, so we finally got to our car, hot and tired, we all went home. and personally, after this hike i am never going to trust that Israel will be cold ever again.

View of the forest we're about to walk through

Imma and me in front of the forest

The path into the forest

Merav strutting her stuff

Abba found a turtle!

Merav, me and Amir at a memorial

Imma and Abba look happy on this tiyul

The road home

Me in the forest - goodbye great tiyul!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Arlene February 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Mazal tov on the hiking boots. I just got some new ones too.
I was just biking on the Burma trail on Monday. Nice and muddy, but lots of fun.
A great way to see Eretz Yisrael!
Keep hiking.

Jen van Stelle February 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Yay, Aviv, hiking boots! It’s great that you’ve got them and you’re breaking them in.

Sounds like this was a much easier hike than the last ones you’ve done, but maybe that was just in case the hiking boots were a problem? Where will #12 be?

Great photos! I like the turtle… 🙂

See you next month,


Uncle Dave February 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I like the one of you guys leaning in different directions against the memorial. 🙂

Your big Nepal trip is coming up soon. I’m so jealous. Glad to hear that you have boots that are working for you. I hope your Abba is so lucky.


Aunt Marlene February 16, 2011 at 4:37 am

Hi Aviv,
Every other time I have responded
this way it did not go thru so I
will be brief. So glad your boots
were so comfortable for your first
hike with them!!
Keep on keeping on,
Love Auntie Mar

Grandma Carol February 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

Hi Aviv,

The forest looks amazing…and so do you, in your new boots, towering above your Imma!!! Can’t wait to see you, in just a month’s time. Will we all go on a hike together as part of your Bar Mitzvah celebration? That would be fun.


שלי February 16, 2011 at 9:48 am

הי אביב,

הטיול נשמע מצויין, עושה חשק לעשות אותו גם – אולי עם אופניים..
תתחדש על נעלי ההליכה ושמתי לב לדבר נוסף – האם עברת את אמא בגובה?
אתה נראה מצויין!

ד”ש לכולם,

aaron February 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm

shalom aviv, let me start with “you have gotten soooo big”, it looks as if you have grown 6 inches this year! i was glad to see you were sporting new hiking wheels. you look like a real outdoors man. we will have to go hiking behind my house next time you come.

you are almost a bar mitzvah and have certainly spent the year proving you are growing up and worthy of this milestone. i know everyone is very proud of you but, i hope most of all you are proud of yourself.

make your last tiyul the best one of all and i will look forward to hearing about it. much love, aaron

Safta February 17, 2011 at 12:20 am

The first thing I noticed was that the English in your description has improved wonderfully since you began blogging about your hikes.
The 2nd thing I noticed was that you’re taller than your imma. I bet by the time I get there, you’ll be taller than your safta, too.
The last observation is that you seem excited about your upcoming Bar Mitzvah. We’re so excited to be coming and sharing with you. Papa Mike will make it after all, even though he’s ?? years old!
Love and hugs,

Debbie Kempinski February 17, 2011 at 4:12 am

Dear Aviv,
I, too, noticed you are now taller than your imma! Your latest tiyul sounds like it was great. So cool that you’ve had all these great tiyulim with your family this year. It was such a great idea!

Can’t wait to hear all about your Bar Mitzvah and see photos afterwards. Sorry we’ll be missing your special day!

Take care,
Debbie and the Kempinski Krew
p.s. I’m wandering what happened to the turtle your abba found…

Dori and Rich March 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Dear Aviv;
Yes, you will be taller than your Abba as well, pretty soon. By the time you read this, you will be on your final and most amazing hike in Nepal. This past year of reading about your hikes have been truly fun. You brought the heart of Israel into our home. Thanks!
Mazel Tov!
Dori and Rich

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