As any Israeli tour guide could tell you, Tel Chatzor is one of the country’s largest and richest archeological sites.
Boasting remains from the Canaanite (see Yehoshua 11:1-12) and Israelite (see, for example, Melachim I 9:15) periods, Tel Chatzor was officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, and since then, visitors from around the globe have flocked to this national park in the Chula Valley.
Asian tourists brave the hot sun as they admire the famous “Solomonic Gate”.
Yet, to the surprise of, well, no one, Tel Chatzor’s many claims to fame are unlikely to appeal to most teenagers.
In fact, during the Shiputzim family’s recent visit, the adolescent contingent opted to stay in the car while the adults and the younger kids took a perfunctory look around the excavations. (I assume a dynamic tour guide would be able to bring the dusty stones to life, but we were there on our own.)
The answer to these questions should be obvious to those who recall that about a year ago, we became members of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. (We recently renewed our membership for a second year.)
You see, after having spent the morning rafting/kayaking down the Yarden, we were looking for a place to stop for lunch when we hit upon Tel Chatzor.
It fulfilled all our requirements: It was shady and clean and had nice picnic tables.
Most people, however, wouldn’t think of using Tel Chatzor as a glorified picnic spot.
Because, if nothing else, once they’d paid the entrance fee, they’d probably want to spend a bit more time at the site:But since admission was free for us, we had no qualms about eating lunch, quickly checking out the historic ruins, and then immediately heading out.
And thus, as far as I – as a blogger - am concerned, this park’s main significance is that it gave us the chance to flash our membership card FTBW (for the blogging win)…