Wednesday our final destination was Kfar Hanokdim for a Camel ride and an overnight stay in the desert. But had a couple stops along the way. First stop was way up in the Judean hills. We visited a couple who manufacture Harps by hand. They make them as they were made in Biblical times. They would be in the same style that King David used. Micah and Shoshanna own Harrari Harps
Was a very special experince going there. Not only did we get to see how the Harps were made. We also learned of the Harps very special relationship to worship. Didn't make a Harp purchase, but I think we will. You can have the wooden part of the Harp hand carved to whatever design you choose. Going to have to give that some thought.
Next stop along the way was Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park. Only had time for a short visit. We went into The Bell caves, which were very cool. And we were the only ones there so I could check out the echo effect of the caves without bothering anyone. We also were able to visit the Sidonian caves, they were very interesting as well with all the niches that were carved out in there.
Back on the road, next stop was The Yatir Forest Winery for a visit. Again we were the only ones there. This Winery is a division of The Carmel Winery, the biggest in Israel I believe. Yatir wine is made totally of their own grapes and they have their own special taste. Was a very nice visit, got to have a taste of their wines, along with some bread and Israeli cheese. As well as touring the winery. It's only a few minutes from Arad and well worth a visit if your in the area.
Okay, on to Kfar Hanokdim. After checking in and unloading our stuff, they were ready for us to hop on the Camel. I say Camel singular because 2 ride on one, and we had a private ridding because none of the big groups that came later were there yet.
Was a short but pleasant ride, very peacefull.
After the ride we had a couple hours till dinner. They have a shopping area there, a couple purchases were made.
Bedouin dinner in the tent was very good. Was given way more then we could eat. After dinner we got to listen to a local Bedouin tell us of the way of their lifestyle. Was very interesting, the world could take a lesson in their basic ways of treating each other.
Hung out for a bit checking out the stars, and there are many to see out here in the desert. Got to bed early, have an early start to the Dead Sea King David Hotel on Thursday.