Sunday, August 9, 2009

Summer hiking in the hills

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Summer often brings visits of friends from the United States.
Luckily my village (moshav) in the middle of the Jerusalem Hills is surrounded by forests and interesting hiking trails.
Walk five or ten minutes from my house and you can pick up the Israel Trail or the Hadassah Trail or the Trail of the Springs.

Meet Kristine and Mark. Mark was the director of Heifer Ranch in Arkansas for most of the six years (1996-2002) that I lived and worked as a volunteer there.
If you don't know about Heifer International, check it out. They give livestock and training to needy folks around the world.
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Robin, another blogger here in Israel, has a meme every Sunday about what summer means for us. You are welcome to visit or join in the fun.
Hope to meet many of you when you come visit Jerusalem someday too! Shalom.

18 comments:

Dina ... UK said...

Hi Dina, I love your picture....
I want to go on that trail....

Yaelian said...

I looked up the Heifer site.What a great gift you gave , working as a volunteer there for so long...

Vagabonde said...

I certainly would love to join your friends on this interesting walk. I also like the old stone wall and door on your picture, it looks quite old.

Jew Wishes said...

Your photo is fantastic, as always, Dina.

I hope to be able to walk the trail one day.

Shalom.

Pietro said...

Very lovely picture, Dina.
Beautiful the landscape of your village: ...in the middle of the Jerusalem Hills is surrounded by forests and interesting hiking trails.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I want to go down that trail also!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I'm sure there are many interesting sites in the forests and on the trails. Wonderful that you lived and worked at the Heifer Ranch.

FA said...

What a great place to do some hiking with old friends. Enjoy.

Dimple said...

Hi Dina-
I would love to come visit Israel some time. Your pictures are great, and I have seen others, of course, but it is not the same as being there.

pasadenaadjacent said...

My mother may have purchased farm animals from her church that went through that particular organization. I know I have several goats out there gifted in my name.

Julia Smith said...

I love the names of those trails. And the air of excitement on your friend's face is contagious!

Sara said...

I checked out the link - that's quite a program. I see they are opening a center in California next year.

I'd love to visit Jerusalem again! Perhaps I will someday.

Robin said...

Looks like a beautiful spot for a hike - I'll have to ask you for some suggestions for kid-friendly hikes once the weather cools off again. I'm not masochistic enough to hike until then.

Pietro said...

Dina, thanks for your information about the Biblical Zoo.

Ann said...

I like the look of your region.

RuneE said...

Nice to meet blogging (and other) friends!

Glennis said...

Lovely place to go hiking, but first I would want to explore the small stone building behind the couple it looks very interesting. What was it used for?

Kay said...

How wonderful to have friends visit. We've been donating to Heifer International ever since you brought it to our attention.