Sunday, April 6, 2014

Learning the land on foot


    Starting point

Bright and early Friday morning hundreds of Meitar pupils set out on the 23rd annual Meitar hike.

Granddaughter Libby's pre-kindergarten class sat down for breakfast, and their teacher, Orli, used the time to teach them how to look for animal footprints and droppings and try to guess which animals had been there not long before them.

A general orientation of what's out there.
Meitar at the bottom.
Straight west on the middle line would be Lakiya [Bedouin town],  then somewhere on a bare hill the Negev Brigade [Palmach] Memorial.

Going from 10:00 to 2:00 on the "map"--
Hura [Bedouin township],    the Bedouin diaspora [i.e. unrecognized settlements],   Omer [Jewish town],  Beer Sheva [big city]
and to the right:  Sansana Forest,   the Green Line,   Sansana [a Jewish settlement just over the Green Line in the West Bank],    Ramabin Tribe [or clan].

See the area on a real Google map here.

 Border Police were stationed along the route, making sure the kids did not take a wrong turn.

I was surprised to come upon antiquities, only partly excavated a long time ago, it looked like!
Will have to find out more about that. 

The whole hike in the desert was only two and a half hours, and then we descended down to little Meitar, home.
It's great to have the South Hebron Hills / Northern Negev nature right in our backyard.


Adullamite said...

What an interesting find out in the desert. I wonder how old that building is?

William Kendall said...

It strikes me with shots like this of how stark your land is, but it makes it beautiful that way.

cieldequimper said...

That's a lovely colourful start. I'd have very much enjoyed this!

VP said...

This is a very good thing!

Sara said...

Looks like it was a good day for a hike. On foot is the best way to learn the land. Those antiquities make me want to find out more too. I'll be interested to see what you uncover (pun intended)!

Rob the frog said...

The very best way to discover a place

Reader Wil said...

It must have been a great hike! Was it not too warm for the children? Are you going to tell us what you found in those excavations, when you have the opportunity to go there once again?
Thank you for your comforting words on my blog. The last I heard was that my daughter and her family. were at her neighbour's. some kilometers further down the road.
It is a two storey house and I hope strong enough to resist the strong gale. I 'll keep you informed.

Dina said...

Wil, it was T shirt weather. Not too hot with a hat and a bottle of water.
We started around 8:00.

I do hope the Queenslanders will get through the cyclone OK.

Suzanne said...