Day 5: Kibbutz Baram to Mount Meiron

11/02/2012, Day 5:

We left early, Adam joined us for the day.
We arrived back to the point in which we left the Shvil and walked through the beautiful Dishon river.

We arrived to Baram forest, it was a really nice walk and the forest was great.

For the first time – we made tea in our stove and had a really nice lunch break.

We continued on and arrive to Beit Sefer Sade Meiron, apparently it was closed (Saturday…) but we called the number on the gate and the nice managed gave us the code to open the gate and we went in.

It was 2pm and we were pretty sure we won’t make it to the top of the Meiron mountain and down to a place where we could build our tent (we were wrong as we could have easily made it to the top and down in the 4 hours of light we had…)

We took the rest of the day off, made some pasta and rested.

Day 4: Moshav Dishon to Kibbutz Baram

10/02/2012, Day 4:

We started our day in Moshav Dishon. As we started walking outside the Moshav we felt some rain hitting us. We stopped and had our backpacks covered with their rain cover and put a rain coat over our clothes.
We continued and after a few minutes the rain was gone and the sun was out so we thought “well, that was quick, let’s take off our rain gear as it is getting too hot”…
A minute after we took off our rain gear it started raining again, this time – serious rain…

We were too slow this time and we got wet, for those of you who don’t know this – once you get wet and put rain gear on top of you – you stay wet…

We continued on and managed to cross the Dishon river a few more times without having to change our shoes (we have goretex shoes so as long as the water is not too high we can just cross it).

After a few more crossings we had no other option but change to sandals which was really weird – rain clothing and sandals šŸ™‚

We saw a few jeeps passing by and then came a military 4×4, they stopped and asked us if we want tea. OF COURSE WE DID šŸ™‚ and we got 2 cups of steaming hot and sweet tea in the middle of the rain, this was incredible.

After a Km or so I gave a nice slide on the mud and crashed down, nothing was harmed other than my pride and my pants and shirt that got filled with mud šŸ™ Walking in the mud with Crocs is not a good idea…

We arrived to the crossing point of Aviv River and sat under a big tree hiding from the strong winds and the heavy rain that fell.
At this point we also knew we are not going to make it to Meiron, our walking pace is not good enough and adding lots of mud and rain doesn’t do us any good either…
We decided to make a stop in Kibbutz Baram, we gave a phone call to Yehuda from Baram who said “sure you can come to our backpackers room” but warned us that this is not the season and that the room isn’t quite ready… (more on that later…)

Once the rain got weaker we continued hiking, this time with our boots on…
We crossed road 899 and continued on the beautiful path of the river.

We arrived to the water bridge under road 899 and decided not to go through there – there was too much water and we didn’t want to switch back to sandals (I had a bad feeling about using my crocs in a very slippery environment…)
We rushed back to the Mekorot water treatment facility that was ~100M back and crossed the road.

We triedĀ hitchhikingĀ for a while and only 1 car stopped but there wasn’t enough room for us and our backpacks. It was raining again. We started walking on the road which seemed like suicide as most cars were driving really fast and there were almost no shoulders to walk on… After a few minutes a police pickup arrived in front of us and the driver stopped and asked us if we need any help (2 idiots walking in the rain on a shoulderless road… He probably wanted to arrest us at first šŸ˜‰ )
We said that we need to get to Baram so he said he’ll take us!
He dropped us on the rear gate and we waited for Yehuda to come and pick us up.

We entered Kibbutz Baram, Yehuda gave us a nice tour around the Kibbutz. These guys have aĀ beautifulĀ place to live in, great view that goes all the way to the Hermon mountain.
We then arrived to the backpackers room. oh my… The room was incredible! we had beds, clean sheets, clean towels, hot water, central heating and everything was dead clean! We even had basic supplies brought to us by Yehuda! this was an amazing welcome!
Adam (my brother) joined us and we were invited to a Friday dinner at the KibbutzĀ mess-hall.
Boy! we forgot this was Friday…!!!
We went there and had one of the best meals we ever had, everything was great and we had a ball!