Just call me Forrest Gump because I just walked across the country. Even though Israel may not be even close to as big as America....we still traveled the whole width. It was so crazy fun! So I'm basically gonna take you guys through the gist of my days.
We started at the Sea of Galilee. We did a super easy water hike and then went to our campsite. We had a cute first night bonfire and roasted marshmallows (kosher for Passover obviously). Then, we got to sleep under the stars. No, we didn't have a tent, they just laid out a tarp and gave us all sleeping bags. Quite a first camping experience.
They gave us tents this night :-). We woke up and got ready to go for another long day of hiking. It was still a super fun day. This day we got to do self-navigation, so each group got a map and a walkie-talkie and had to navigate ourselves to checkpoints along the way to our destination. This went interestingly because I was in charge of navigating for my group and we went to the wrong way within the first 30 seconds. But, we ended making it to lunch perfectly fine. On the way we passed by wild cows just roaming the forest and tons sheep being herded all by one man. It was so cool to see. The day was a little shorter than the previous and was still a lot of fun.
This day was a water hike and it was so much fun! Throughout the whole day we walked past streams and small natural pools and we got to stop, swim, and explore the secrets of them. My friend and I discovered a waterfall and climbed up it. It was one of the coolest experiences. Also, the whole hike was along the stream so we got to adventure and create our own slippery path to navigate it.
This was our last day, and do not get me wrong I loved it, but I was really looking forward to a shower, not sleeping outside, and indoor plumbing. This day we rode bikes and finally made it to the Mediterranean Sea. It was so cool to be able to look into the distance and see the approaching sea. Then, we rode our bikes right up to the sea and were able to run and jump into the ocean. It was so much fun and definitely made it on my list of the most fun days I’ve had on NFTY-EIE!
Yam L'Yam was challenging and very rewarding. The distance we traveled on foot everyday was a crazy accomplishment for all of us. It was so much fun and a great experience.