Tuesday, August 23, 2011

National Parks: Ein Afek Edition

Here in TRLEOOB*, we (and when I say “we,” I naturally mean YZG and the kids, and not so much me…) have been busy spackling and painting the LR/DR.

(By a show of hands, anyone interested in an “Our Shiputzim” post on the topic - complete with, er, FASCINATING pictures of wet paint drying?… Anyone?… Anyone?… Bueller?)

But in between all that physical labor and toil, we’ve managed to squeeze in some fun – including swimming, picnics (see, for example, last week’s outing to Palmachim Beach), and various and sundry tiyulim.

Which brings me to our recent trip to the Ein Afek Nature Reserve.

The day began with a visit to Rosh HaNikrah. (Watch this space for more details about that portion of our trip, but in the meantime, you can check out Leora’s gorgeous photos of the site.)

And then, after consulting our Israel Nature and Parks Authority guide, we headed on over to Ein Afek.

Located near Kiryat Bialik (not too far from Acco) and home to assorted flora and fauna, Ein Afek encompasses the upper section of Nachal Na’aman and the springs, pools, lake, and stream which flow into it.

The lovely park also includes Biblical-era ruins (see Yehoshua 19:30, which states that Afek was part of Shevet Asher’s nachalah), a Crusader fortress/mill with a rooftop scenic overlook, a picnic area, a movie about Ein Afek’s history and wildlife, and a pretty walking trail over and around the water canals and lake.

First – as always - the requisite shot of the price list, to show how much money we saved as a result of our National Parks Authority membership:


Next, the Crusader mill:IMG_0081 

A view from the rooftop:IMG_0111

The so-called “floating bridge”:IMG_0099 IMG_0094Please feel free to click on the pictures for a better view.

How are you spending the final days of summer?


*TRLEOOB=the real life equivalent of our blog


  1. Lovely photos.
    I have been busy with the family now I need to focus on work!

  2. Thanks, Ilana-Davita! When does school start for you?

  3. Next Friday for teachers and the following Monday for the kids.

  4. Ilana-Davita - It's hard to believe that there's less than a week left of vacation...

  5. Thanks for the mention of my 2008 photos. How much I would love to be back there photographing with you!

    The floating bridge reminds of a place just north of here, near an environmental center and museum. But no Biblical ruins.

    We went to a Crusader fort on our honeymoon; no idea if it was this one. That was in the days before blogging (and I didn't take many photos then, either).

  6. Leora - How much I would love to be back there photographing with you!
    That would be wonderful!


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