When I was in Israel last fall, the thing that came as the biggest surprise was the diversity of the landscape.
And by diversity, I mean the number of deserts and their varying landscapes.
I don’t know about you, but I thought a desert was a desert was a desert. I didn’t know there could be so many different kinds of deserts, especially in a country so small.
Yet, we saw just about every desert terrain you could imagine: flat, sandy expanses ridden with dunes; rugged, rocky cliffs; dirty brush that dropped into steep canyons.
The latter was what we discovered in Ein Avdat National Park, a collection of limestone canyons, which could have easily been situated in the American Southwest.
Tell me this isn’t reminiscent of Utah or Arizona?
It’s actually the ideal spot for the adventurous traveler. There are trails that take you from the summit down to the valley.
A watering hole at the base if you’re brave enough to dip into the chilly temps.
Wildlife, like families of ibex, that just breeze past you as if you didn’t exist.
There was also so much to climb, which for anyone of monkey descent like myself is always a bonus.
And some of the most amazing sunset views over the Ramon Crater you ever did see.