Keeping with 2017’s theme of doing shit that brings me joy, I went on a group hike again, this time to Nahal Tse’Elim, in the Negev. I love the outdoors. I love hiking. And I love the sense of self-sufficiency that I’m gaining the more I explore the world around me.
This hike was short (7km out and back) and non-technical. No pressure to go faster or get back by sunset, with plenty of breaks to take pictures and drink water. It was fun and leisurely and exactly what I needed to restore confidence in my judgement after last month’s harrowing
We caravanned to the trail head, then split up into groups—fast, medium, and slow. I joined the slow group out of an abundance of caution and I’m glad I did.
The medium group had an amazing hike and decent into the wadi. We stayed high above the wadi, which gave us some gorgeous views out to the Dead Sea (as you can barely see in the panoramic photo below).
It was lovely. The Negev is beautiful, and one of my few regrets about my time here in Jerusalem is that I didn’t begin hiking there earlier.