Trek Israel: A Night Under the Stars in the Negev

July 10, Trek Israel Day #12
The alarm went off super early today because we had a long day ahead of us. At 7:30am, I headed down to breakfast to get my usual balanced meal: cereal, chocolate pudding and chocolate milk. When I got there I had an amazing laugh because one person in our group made a face that you can’t recreate, it was that once in a lifetime thing. It was so funny can still remember what it looks like.

 

We finished breakfast, we packed up and we’re off! Our first stop of the day was at an Archeological dig site. We found lots of bones and pottery inย a cave. We also went spelunking in another cave which had to be lit by candles, it was really cool under the ground. At the end we got pottery pieces and learned what archaeologists do with the pieces found during digs. This site was part of the Channukah story. Apparently this was where Judah defended against Antiochus.

 

After lunch we headed to the David Ben Gurion Memorial. While there, we got a nice “interview” from him (he looked exactly like Shira) ๐Ÿ™‚ we visited his tomb and then headed out to see a crater in the middle of the desert. At the crater, we gazed upon the mountain that was the inspiration for the Lion King, Pride rock, where Simba was raised into the air. Finally we arrived at our campsite in the crater. This was the most civilized campsite yet, with bathrooms, showers and sinks.

 

Before dinner we played a huge game of soccer, or futbol. Just so happens, the team with the Brit lost. We had poike again for dinner, but this wasn’t as good as Lev and David’s on the hike. We hiked up a mountain top and took some great pictures with an Israeli flag. Back at the campsite we sat and ate s’mores and sang songs to the guitar. Our medic, Danny made up a song about our trip, it was awesome.
– Lior

July 11, Trek Israel Day #13
After spending a night under the stars in the Negev, we awoke to the sun rising over the marvelous mountains of rock and sand that made up the desert. Prior to this beautiful sight, I woke up to the sound of my friends saying “Happy Birthday Ellie!” Little did I know how amazing the day would come to be. First we made our way over to the incredible sand dunes. We were told the sand from these dunes was blown all the way from the Sahara Desert. We spent about an hour running up and down the dunes, jumping into loads of sandals getting it all over our bodies. We all loaded the bus covered in sand which I’m sure made Shtern (our bus driver) very happy ๐Ÿ™‚

 

After the sand dunes we ventured to the city of Eilat. Stopping on the way to get chocolate milk which was amazing and eat lunch at a mall in Be’er Sheva. Shortly after, we arrived at Eilat Extreme Water Sports. We boarded a boat and jumped onto a huge yellow inflatable banana while the boat pulled us around the Red Sea. Trying to hold on, we wiped the salt filled water out of our eyes. Overall, besides e salt water, banana boating was extremely fun. We spent the remainder of the day chilling at the beach in the 110 degree weather. At around 5pm we left the beach and headed to our kibbutz Elifaz where we would stay for the night.

 

On the way to the kibbutz, we stopped at an ice cream place and all got treated to ice cream for my Birthday. I had a huge cup of cookies and cream topped with whipped cream and sprinkles, it was delicious. Finally we made it to the kibbutz and were treated to schnitzel and rice for dinner. After dinner, some of us decided to play soccer and basketball even though it was still 100 degrees outside. We ended the night with a BBYO tradition called “Good and Welfare.” We came together as a ground and shared whatever was on our mind. It was the most amazing birthday I’ve ever had and I know I will remember it for the rest of my life.
– Ellie
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