Day 12: Kfar Kish to Nazareth

23/02/2012, Day 12:

We started our day in Kfar Kish. Sarah gave us a lift to Gazit junction which was the stopping point of yesterday’s hike.

We started climbing the Tavor mountain. We climbed and climbed and after 2 hours of climbing the mountain we finally reached the peak. Climbing 500m of a very steep mountain is not an easy task.

We went into the church at the top of the mountain and saw the really impressive architecture of the church. on our way out we went to the restrooms and were quite shocked from the smell and overall filth of the restrooms (we even had to pay 2 NIS to get into the restrooms…). It felt like no one has cleaned them for at least a year…

After our short visit we went down in a very steep path and arrived back to “Shibly” village.
We had to put some band-aids on my feet as I was starting to get some blisters so we stopped at the local rest area. We were told by the unpleasant manager that we can’t use their facilities for our break (despite the fact that we ordered some fresh juice) and eat our own food there as this is a “private place”…
We continued on and had a short lunch break in the nearby forest just before climbing on mount Dvorah.

Climbing mount Dvorah was a piece of cake after climbing the Tavor, we reached the peak of the mountain and clibmed down rather fast.

We had 2 hours until sundown and we were not sure if we could still make the 6Km we had left for the day as we had a very hard climb to Nazareth. We decided to give it a shot and indeed, we managed to get to the top a good 30 minutes before sundown. We continued hiking and almost reached the end of our planned day. We had 300m left to hike but this involved going down in an unknown territory and going down on some large boulders so we decided to finish the day and called a taxi to take us to our motel. A very famous establishment for the Shvil hikers – Fauzi Azar inn. This is a beautiful vintage house with a large court turned into a nice guesthouse. We slept in a shared room (for the first time ever) and it was really nice and cozy.

We had a really nice dinner at a local restaurant serving an authentic arab food with some fusion touch.

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