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 🙂

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 🙂 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 🙁 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 tried hitchhiking 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 😉 )
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 a beautiful 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 Kibbutz 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!

Day 3: Ramot Naftali to Moshav Dishon

09/02/2012, Day 3:

We started our day in Ramot Naftali, we bought a few grocery items in the local store, I picked up a 5% cottege cheese and then the owners told me: “Why won’t you take 9%? it’s not like you need to be on diet or anything…” And he was right… we need to eat as much as we can… So for the first time, I think – I got a 9% cottage cheese, it was awesome 🙂

We located the trail marks after about 20 minutes of hiking and went uphill in Keren Naftali, we thought we’d get the nice 4×4 trail but apparently the shvil had something else intended for us and we climbed up in a steep goats trail. After reaching the peak we had a beautiful view of the valley beneath us albeit the haziness around it.

We went downhill and had our first break while we were surrounded by cute cows, very surreal…

After that we walked down a dirt road and after walking a few Km a pickup came up to us, the only thing I thought (and said it outload) was: “Please don’t drive too fast near us and make us eat dirt…”
Not only the nice guy completely stopped next to us – he also told the other side on the phone to wait a minute because he met a couple of hikers and then turned to us and gave us 4 clementines! “Just picked up from the tree, as fresh as it gets”. We were thrilled and later on ate a couple and they were delicious!

We climbed onto the mountain ridge surrounding Dishon River and then went down on a narrow goat path.

We met a group of Jeep travelers that offered us food and water, we skipped the food but gladly picked up a bottle of mineral water, the guy wanted to give us 2 or 3 2L bottles, we explained that it is very generous but we have to carry it on our back so we settled on one 🙂

We continued on and got to our first Dishon water crossing, this time we knew the drill and just changed to sandals. The view was amazing, we were ecstatic to be in a river so filled  with water and the surrounding was simply green, we felt as if we were in Europe.

After walking a few kilometers in this beautiful surroundings we arrived to Alma Bridge and took a ride to Moshav Dishon, we spent the night there in a nice Zimmer.