But one gets tired of sitting in front of the perpetual-turning fan or the headache-inducing hum of the air con. No matter how hot it is going get, I promised myself, I am going on a HIKE already!!
So yesterday I consulted Google maps, packed water and other provisions, asked my husband to drop me off at the Nachsolim beach (early in the morning to beat the heat) and made my way northwards. I have added the following photos and tips for your viewing pleasure and maybe also as an encouragement to do the hike yourselves.
Nacholim beach is actually part of Hof Dor, the most northern beach that is right in front of Kibbutz Nachsolim. Apart from it being my most favourite beach in the entire world, it it also adjuncts a real-life archeological site that delivered a TON of ancient goodies.
|At end of the beach, just keep on going and follow the trails to Tel Dor - the excavation site.|
Once you have climbed to the top of the hill, you are going to want to explore the site and take in the amazing views but stay strong and keep on walking because there are a lot to see and to explore.
|You are however allowed one last backwards glance before you start heading towards HaBonim beach.|
|There are reminders everywhere that there used to be a large thriving harbour city in the very same spot. (PS. I think the bits of white paper are toilet paper left behind by the archeologists!)|
|Secluded sandy coves are separated from each other by...|
|The marker that helped me find my way. Note that these marks only show up when you are closer to the HaBonim beach. I did not see them around the Nachsolim beach.|
I only found the blue bridge because I wanted to take a closer look at these interesting rock formations:
|The rocks that lured me to the blue bridge.|
(The blue bridge should not be confused with the blue cave that can be found near the HaBomin beach. But more about that later.)
The sun was starting to really beat down on me and I found this secluded spot to enjoy my packed breakfast:
|Behold! The abrasion platform! (I think they are referring to that half-submerged rock in the sea.)|
The blue cave is probably not all that large compared to others in the world but it is very relaxing to rest a bit here and listen to the waves splashing against the cave walls.
|Chillin' out at the blue cave|
|HaBonim beach is named after the haBomin moshav (a farm collective) nearby.|
Please keep the following in mind:
1. Take enough water with you, this is a wild area with NO taps along the way.
2. Wear sturdy walking shoes.
3. Remember that you are in a nature reserve, so that means NO littering (anyway you should never leave your rubbish behind), no picking up shells, no picking flowers or making fires.
4. People often sleep overnight at haBomin beach but it is totally forbidden to camp out at any of the other coves along the way. Huge signs will also remind you of this at every single beach.
5. I do not recommend cycling the trail. I saw a group of cyclists struggling through the sand and I am sure the sharp rocks are not that kind on the bicycles' wheels either.
6. The entrance at Nacholim beach is free of charge but at the haBomin beach one has to pay something like 36 shekels per car (those showers do not come free!). There is however a designated spot outside the reserve where you can park your car.
|Remember to ONLY leave your foot prints behind.|
Zichron Yaakov, October 2016
Zichron Yaakov, October 2016