My parents and siblings came to visit us here in Israel for Pesach (Passover), and we had a lot of fun adventures together. Our first few days were a real whirlwind. We went to see our family friends the Mosses in Ra'anana, and they hosted us for a really nice Seder. We brought my family up to Haifa to see Caroline's museum, the Technion where I work and our apartment.
From there, we went to Jerusalem and the surrounding area, where we went on an awesome hike together. My dad had found this hike, called Fox's Chimney, and it was a great find!
|Wow that is a shiny reflective spot on my shirt!|
The setting of the hike was really beautiful, in the hills alongside the Dead Sea. I'd been to the Dead Sea area many times before, but we have usually gone early in the morning. I had never seen the area in the late afternoon light as we did this time. The views were even better than ever.
We started by hiking up the hills. The Dead Sea is actually the lowest elevation anywhere on Earth, about 1300 ft below sea level, so that even as we hiked up we were still very low down! The hike was a lot of fun, since it included some areas where we had to use our hands to almost climb a little.
|This is my favorite type of hike, where you have to do a little bit of light climbing.|
|From the left: Tamar (Joel's wife), my sister Tali, my dad with Caroline, my mom, and then my brother Joel|
|Here is Tali with our guide, as she begins rappelling into the cave|
|Here goes Tamar, looking like she's totally got this under control!|
|My mom, looking cool as she heads down!|
|Caroline had this huge smile on her face the whole time!|
|This picture kind of gives you a feeling what it was like. Just realize that the black spot a little below the opening is a person! The drop is so big that the people looked really tiny at the start.|
|All these stalactites are made from salt deposits|
|More fun climbing!|
|This photo without a flash shows what it was like when we were climbing in the dark|