Monday, August 10, 2009

Day 4 - Homeward Bound

By the morning of the final day of our trip, the hotel breakfast had begun to lose its charm, but only a little bit. Dani was very sweet (and kissing up) when he said it would all be better if Imma had made it! Very cute, but I have to disagree. Not that he was empirically wrong, but it was all good davka because I did not have to make it! After our final visit to the dining room, as well as to the pool snack bar, where the younger kids collected their free snacks, we packed up, checked out, and headed south. Our first stop was Nachal M'arot and Ma'arat Adam Hakadmon - a national park full of caves, and in specific, a few caves highlighting the life of cavemen. There is supposed to be an audio-visual guide through the path, but sadly, it was rather off kilter. So we walked the path ourselves, read the signs, and called it a day. There is also a hiking path, but with the killer heat, it was not the day for it. If we are ever in the area, we might try it again, as it belongs to the network of national parks and nature preserves in the country, to which we bought membership this year. We did this for the first time this year, and have found it thus far rather worthwhile.

We packed ourselves back into the car, after thankfully discovering that Ayelet had dropped her phone in the car, and not in the caves or on the many steps, and very thankfully not at the hotel. Our next stop was Or Akiva, a town next to Caesaria, where David's brother and sister-in-law and their two boys were vacationing. We stopped at a local mall for lunch (not at McDonald's - not kosher) and ice cream,
hung out with the Efrat Rotters for a while, and then bid adieu to vacation. We drove home, turned on the air conditioning, and got back, somewhat regretfully, to real life.

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