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Hula Valley

Surprise! It's adventure time in the middle of the week because a cousin came up to visit.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">We left the house with a vague plan- head towards Hula Valley and Rosh Pina and see if we can bike there and see what there was to see.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">The drive to the Hula Valley was gorgeous, of course, because basically the whole north is mountainey gorgeousness.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;"> We arrived at Lake Agmon early enough to beat a school group there. We rented bikes and were on our way before they could catch up to us, so we had a very peaceful ride.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Lake Agmon is a tiny lake/large pond that is surrounded by a few small wetland areas. It is part of the migration path for hundreds of thousands of birds each year. There is a 9km, very flat path we rode around the lake to view a bunch of the migrating birds.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Some of the birds were incredibly close to the path and let us get within a few meters before hopping a little bit away. Some of the birds were following one of the big agricultural watering machines, perhaps to be near more water.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Every time we stopped, the air was full of a variety of bird calls, from twitters and honks to quacks and cackles. Other than the occasional piece of farm equipment in the distance, that was the soundtrack to our ride.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">It was so peaceful and serene. <br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">The lady at the park station had told us that there were buffalo nearby that occasionally wandered close enough to see, but we didn't catch sight of any. We did, however catch sight of some beavers, a HUGE eel-looking fish, and a ton of small white butterflies, in addition to the plethora of birds.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">I have to say, the ride was quite nice and I would love to go back during another season to see the different birds that come through another time of year.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">When we were done with the ride, we headed back south to Rosh Pina. Rosh Pina is an artists town set on a hillside. We drove up to the old part of town and wandered around.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Nimrod Segev was a soldier from Rosh Pina who died in one of the Lebanon wars. His father built a lookout point in his memory and planted a garden around it. The view from the lookout was quite far, despite the haze. We were also lucky enough to arrive when a school group was visiting, so his father was there, telling them the story for us to overhear.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Nearby the lookout, there are some historic buildings, including an old synagogue and library. One of the historic buildings has been turned into a visitors' center, complete with photos of the city's growth and displays on the malaria research that was done in the area a long time ago when the area had more mosquitos. The displays were 100% in Hebrew though, so English-speakers are out of luck. I did however see that they had a very nice video room for groups to see a presentation in, and it seemed like English was an option, but that you needed to have 8 people there to get a movie. Since it's not tourist season and it's the middle of the week, there certainly were not 8 people there at once interested in the movie.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;"> Instead, we walked around the old town artist shops and saw a lot of the art people were making/selling- jewellery, paintings, prints, pottery, and (most importantly) chocolate.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Down some side street stairs, we found a chocolate shop with interesting flavors- lychee, dulce de leche, and standard flavors. The chocolates were a little expensive, but sooooo good.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">On the way out, we stopped at a cute little restaurant.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">The food there was fancy and good, but the view there was over the whole valley for miles and miles.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">They also had a little "zimmer" (B&B) there, which we checked out because my cousin has a travel business. The rooms that we saw were so cozy and fun. I don't know what the prices are like, but the place is clean, beautiful, and has excellent service.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">We had quite an experience with the service there. Apparently somebody fixed the bathroom door incorrectly there yesterday and so when my cousin went to use the bathroom, she found herself locked in. As soon as she called for help, half the staff was taking apart the door knob, and one guy ended up climbing through a small opening to get in and help get the door unlocked. Everybody was on top of the problem before I even realized that she was locked in.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Upon being freed, her comment was "at least the bathroom was clean" and then she went to go refresh with a drink they gave her to apologize for the incident.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">From there, we headed to Vered Hagalil, a cabin hotel that overlooks the Galilee. My cousin had rented a great little cabin-room there, complete with a jacuzzi and a hammock that overlooked the Galilee. Vered Hagalil also has horseback riding, some walking paths, and spa services, although I didn't stick around long enough to enjoy any of those.<br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Unfortunately, I had to get home. But the day was an amazing vacation that made me almost completely forget about work, school, and all of the "real life" stuff.

Hula Valley

Hula Valley


Hula Valley wetlands

Hula Valley wetlands


Vered HaGalil

Vered HaGalil


Agmon Lake

Agmon Lake


Bird

Bird


Bike path

Bike path


View at Rosh Pina

View at Rosh Pina

Posted by spsadventures 16:00 Archived in Israel

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