The trail led down, and then up, through a labyrinth of alabaster stone.
Past the rocks, Nahal David streamed past in a gentle trickle at our feet. And still further, large rocks were strewn haphazardly, forming a little den of cool water in the shade.
We were looking for an easy and adventurous desert hike. We got that, plus a surprise desert oasis, lots of amazing animal sightings, and beautiful Dead Sea views throughout.
Only in Israel can I drive about an hour from my home on a forested mountain and stumble upon a landscape like this. This hike around Mount Yishai was an incredible journey through quintessentially exotic Israeli scenery.
It’s nice to know that there are really formidable hikes in Israel. Hikes that take you to otherworldly places, the stuff of fairy tales.