WOW OH WOW! For me personally, maybe the best thread HF ever! Most of my adult life I have tried to make many trips which have turned out to be very rewarding. Mostly rewarding in terms of being able to enjoy the creation, and the outdoors and in having adventure in the wilds.
But as I have gotten older, my interests have shifted some what, my ideas of what is really important. Not that I don't still thoroughly enjoy my outdoor adventures. But the trip I took to Israel 4 years ago was hands down the best trip I have ever taken, the most rewarding. And it was a tour bus and hotel rooms! I guess it just relates to things that most interest me now, things that are most important.
I have taken several fine trips since then, similar tours that were not hiking trips. They have been very enjoyable, but nothing has matched Israel for me. Next we went to Greece. Then we were supposed to go back to Israel, but that fell through so we went to Alaska. We just got back from Italy. All grand in their own way. We hope to go back to Israel next spring, if war is not raging.
And now here you come with a trip which has my favorite activity- hammock camping- but it is also in Israel! I can't beat that, or even match it!
"Camping on Tel Azeka, near where David killed Goliath..." really kills me!
Hey, the very 1st picture in your last post, where a lone hiker (you?) is looking over the desert: that kind of looks like Masada off to the right. Is it, or just a look alike?
Thanks for sharing this!