Climbing my first mini mountain – at the Carmel mountain range – was fun! The beginning of the climb challenged me, and then it got easier and I was left wanting more.
One of my favorite parts was the view we saw when we reached the top. Northern Israel was before us, and I took more or less a million pictures.
Yet it wasn’t like this at first.
The Fire of December 2010 Rears its Head
The initial sight reminded me of the big fire that ate away at the forests of the Carmel mountain range in December 2010. It hit me that some of the dramatic-looking trees we saw were not only bare because of fall.
I knew of the fire coming into the Carmel National Park and climbing one of its mountains, of course, yet when I saw the trees, I thought how unique the fall look is. Some green very little bit of fall colors, combined with the joy of being out in nature, made me forget about the fire altogether for a moment.
The park had recuperated, yet it is very likely that some of what we saw was proof that more healing was needed.
The View from the Top
The moment I saw the view, I wanted to stand still and stare (and take a million pictures) – as well as to run for a better look – both at the same time. One of my friends saw the Mediterranean and started walking faster.
I moved up closer to the edge and took more photos.
Time to Zoom in
After capturing the landscape from every possible angle, I started zooming in. Here are some of the zoomed-in photos I took.
Stay tuned to next week for my proof of having visiting the prehistoric Finger Cave!
Have you ever been to Carmel National Park?