After Tzfat, we rushed back to Jerusalem for a tour of the Western Wall Tunnel, but I will save that for a Jerusalem post. The next morning we went to the other extreme into the Negev Desert to En Avdat & Avdat.
(please recall that I am a nature girl at heart.)
(the dark lines in the cliffs is flint.)
En Mor Spring. (Water in the desert is a sight to behold.)
This is why we drove for hours & hiked for miles - tiny exaggeration. The hike was about 1 hour in duration coming & going, stopping to take photos... We were closer to Eilat than Jerusalem though...
& seeing these Ibex was a bonus!
"The hills are a refuge for the wild goats..." Psalms 104:18.
And then we went on to Avedat, ruins of an ancient town built by the Nabateans as a caravan station on the "Spice Road." (Important center in Roman & Byzantine periods as well.)
One thing that I liked about this park were the steel recreations of what the activities would have looked like. (So much better than manequins, IMHO.)