Ein Gedi National Park

Ein Gedi National Park, end of Day 1, and Day 2

Below three pictures taken when we were on our way back from Ein Gedi National Park, should have been part of the previous story.

The kids liked the springs so much, they wanted to go back another time. So we went early next morning: 8am at the gate (Wednesday September 9). We wanted to do a longer treck around the mountains. This is somewhat up. The white is the dead sea, because of the heat and sun it just fades away with a camera. In reality you don't see a lot either. The mountains of Jordan on the other side are hardly visible during the day.

We didn't go all the way to the top: according to the office you may only do this if you take 5 liter water per person... Halfway the mountain was hot enough though. Ida was just near collapse, but luckily we came to the Shulamit spring which Ida could let run over her back as much as possible. Refreshed we continued down to Dodim cave, a very unique cave. With cave we always think about a real cave in a rock, but perhaps the cave where David hid was more like this, a pool with a cave over it?

We climbed up again and went to the Ein Gedi spring. Just five minutes in this heat is already enough to scorch you! When we came at Ein Gedi springs, the water just feels so good. The pool was small:

As you can see, the boys enjoyed themselves!

A very nice place.

Ein Gedi National Park

After swimming in the Dead Sea it was already very hot, so the kids went back to their airconditioned rooms, while Ida and I went in our airconditioned car to the Ein Gedi kibbutz for some work. Ida really had to the laundry, I had to upload photos.

We were back quite late, perhaps 2pm or so and had lunch using the lunch provided by the Youth Hostel. Came with our take away yesterday evening, very useful. After we went to Ein Gedi National Park. It's basically a small valley between scorching rocks, with water supplied through underground channels from the Western side of the Judean desert. This creates a unique climate. There are waterfalls everywhere. The following photo shows the waterfalls, not the true depth unfortunately. But I reallly suggest you click on the picture and zoom in (zoom button in the bottom right corner) to see it in its full glory.

The park was home to some unique animals. Here the hyrax.

Their colour is very well adapted to the background:

The same for the ibexes (wild mountain goats). We could seem them trekking high up the hills, going up impossibly steep ascents.

But the big attraction are the springs and pools of course. You just can't believe how refreshing it is to get in one of those pools after having walked through possibly 55℃ in the burning sun.

So that's basically what we did: we went from pool to pool. The kids enjoyed themselves immensely.

There was even a natural slide in one of the pools.

The pool the kids liked most was the one where they could climb up and jump down.

Just before closing time we reached the last and largest spring, the David spring.

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