University of Haifa International School Student Blog
By Sara Franklin-Gillette, a student at the Study Abroad program at the International School.
This weekend, we had a hiking and camping trip to the Galilee and the Golan Heights. We left early Friday morning and drove to our hike for the day, part of the Israel National Trail at Mount Hermon in the Galilee. We climbed to the highest point we could, as an Air Force base is at the tallest part. Alon, our madrich, was in the Air Force and told us about the base. Farther along the hike, we saw the place where Rabbi Shammai is supposedly buried. After we finished the hike, we drove to Hurshat Tal where we made dinner and camped for the night.
We woke up early Saturday morning, ate breakfast, and headed to our hike in the Golan Heights. We started near Nimrod Fortress. First, we hiked down a ravine, which was more like climbing than hiking for a lot of it. When we reached the bottom, we had to climb back up the other side to get to Nimrod Fortress (an 800-year-old castle) which we could see all the way at the top. Once up there, Izzy, our guide, showed us around the fortress and told us about the history of it. After that, we drove to Banias Nature Reserve. First, we saw the shrines to Pan and Zeus left over from the Roman period. After that, we walked through the park to get to the waterfall, the largest in Israel. After that, we boarded the bus to go back to the university.
According to my phone, we hiked for a total of 15 miles over the weekend. This trip was definitely more exhausting than our last hiking trip to the Negev, but also more rewarding. It was a great way to see a part of the country where I have not spent much time!