Sunday, April 15, 2012
ISRAEL NATIONAL TRAIL - SHVIL ISRAEL
After the encounter with Lady Fox and visiting the Canaanite part of the ancient city at Tel Arad, we sat down to a picnic in the parking lot under this gorgeous and enormous tree.
Two young handsome but quite dusty guys, had a rest from their hike at the neighboring table. We offered them a piece of cake, and they told us they are "doing the Shvil Israel". This is a hiking route of about a 1000 km throughout the land of Israel. It is divided into sections, which can be tackled individually. Walking the entire length would take about a month and a half. Those two were up to the whole thing at once, and had been on their way already three weeks, starting at Eilat. After I told my friend Aiva about this meeting she said: "So you have been trail angels!" And she explained to me that this has gotten a standard phrase for people living near the path, or meeting the travelers on it, helping them on their way a bit with nice gestures - like maybe offering them a shower, or a sleepover on the garden lawn, fresh water, a meal and coffee - or just a piece of cake!
They were very cheerful and lovely, but seemed a little bit tired! We just loved their attitude and wished them all the best for their further way till the end of their track. "Tishmeru al azmechem, tachseru be Shalom!" "Take care of yourself and come back home in peace!"
Lehitra'ot Tom and Hod! It was very nice meeting you! :-)