Unfortunately, the map was not consistent with the actual trail markings and didn't include a scale, but that didn't prevent us from exploring on our own terms.
|Spiral Rock - it looked like a fun climb to the top, so that's what we did. |
Probably not allowed, but nobody stopped us :P
|View from the top of Spiral Rock|
|Being silly at the "breathtaking panorama of the south of the valley and the area of the lake."|
(According to the trail description) You can see the lake above my left arm.
|We squeezed through tight spaces - basically to prove that we could do it.|
|We chose to hike on the Israel Trail out of the park, |
but we didn't realize we'd be hiking up a mountain.
|View from the top of the mountain - definitely worth it.|
|Steep descent - handrails necessary.|
All in all, we got lost a lot, hiked 20 km (we think), and scoffed at all the cars driving through the park. Everyone said we wouldn't be able to see much of the park by just walking - well we showed them.
Getting back to Ketura was pretty smooth - two successful hitchhikes and an intermediate stop at the popular regional ice cream shop for mango and lemon sorbet. Just in time for dinner and a quick shower before one of the staff members invited us to go stargazing. With a sophisticated telescope we spotted the moon, Saturn, Sirius, Orion's sword, and much more. I'll sleep so soundly tonight.