Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Eagles

My family went on a 2 day trip with my aunt, uncle and cousin to the Golan Heights. It was SO beautiful! When I was younger, every summer, when we came to Israel, or uncle would take us on fantastic trips around Israel, and this was such a memorable one!
On our drive up to the Golan Heights, we stopped at a picnic stop in the forest where many of the picnic tables were filled with Israeli families, tourists, and youth groups taking a break for lunch as well. One teenager who was with his friends came over to our table and asked us if we wanted the watermelon he was holding in his hands. When we asked how much it was, he laughed, and said it was free, that they didn't want it. We sliced it in half, and ate half of it. And, not wanting the rest, we passed it on to a group of soldiers who were sitting nearby...I really felt like this is what Israel is all about: giving and sharing, because we are all in this together.
We then went white water rafting in the Jordan river, and then went to stay at a Kibbutz's guest house and barbecued some of the best meat I've ever had!
The next day we went to the "Gamla Nature Reserve" and spent a few hours walking around watching the eagles flying elegantly above us as we walked past historical sites, ruins, and nature.

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