Trek West USA

We started off our day at the Hoover dam where we got to see the fascinating architecture and learn about its extensive history.  Then we got back on the bus and heading towards the Las Vegas strip. At the strip, we had six hours of free time for lunch, dinner, and exploring the strip with [...]

Shalom from San Francisco International Airport! We can’t believe three weeks have passed this fast, and the group is sad to leave and say goodbye. Over three weeks we hiked four U.S. national parks (Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Yosemite), toured three major U.S. cities (Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco), volunteered twice, and [...]

The past four days have nothing but excitement. Each day has been filled with new adventures, new friends, and new experiences. When we first arrived we were shocked with Arizona’s 115 degree heat. As we all broke the ice with some fun ice breaks and a pool party. we got to know each other better [...]

Shalom from San Francisco! It is so hard to believe this is our last stop. However, before we left the Reno/Lake Tahoe area, we spent Wednesday enjoying the outdoors by Kayaking and Paddle Boarding on the lake, then went to Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, for lunch and swimming. We had lunch [...]

Shalom from Lake Tahoe! It is birthday week here on Trek West as we are celebrating the special occasions for Skylar (Monday), Menash (Tuesday), and Maxwell (Wednesday). We signed cards for each of them and celebrated with balloons, a birthday pin they wore with pride, singing to each of them in English and Hebrew, and most [...]

Shalom from Yosemite! We have entered our fourth and final national park and it is sad to think we are approaching our last week together on the trip. Spending Shabbat in the hotel was relaxing and a fantastic opportunity for group bonding, whether through our spirited Shabbat services, chill time by the pool, or educational laundry [...]

Shalom from La La Land!   We arrived here Wednesday morning after our long bus trek from Las Vegas and went straight for lunch and shopping at The Grove, a large outdoor shopping mall with most major stores, delicious food choices, and even an incredible farmers market. The teens had a couple hours to eat and [...]

Shalom from Las Vegas! The temperature reached 103° yesterday and the neon signs were cracklin’. The city surely never sleeps but last night we slept well after spending the day shopping and exploring around the Strip, visiting and touring the Hoover Dam, and seeing an electric performance by the Blue Man Group.We arrived Monday afternoon after a [...]

Shalom from the Ponderosa Ranch in Utah! We set out Friday morning from our accommodations at NAU in Flagstaff and traveled north towards Utah, stopping first for a picnic lunch at Lake Powell and to enjoy the grandeur of the Glen Canyon Dam (in Arizona). The Dam stands over 700 feet and the views of the [...]

Shalom from Flagstaff, Arizona! We are currently here in Flagstaff but our trip began when we arrived at the Phoenix airport around midday on Tuesday and were greeted by our tour guide Ben and the other staff members. We retrieved our luggage and headed for the hotel where we had an opportunity to swim and relax [...]