A day trip to Lower Amud Stream

By Nili Hess Ashkenazi,Israel

On a wintery yet sunny Saturday, of the kind that were meant for outdoor travel, we decided to tour the lower Amud Stream in the Galilee. There is a small parking lot on the access road to Kibbutz Hukok, in which we parked our car and entered the stream. The route is linear, and we headed north on it. We had decided in advance to walk until we felt we had had enough (especially the children), and that mainly we were traveling to enjoy the nature and fresh air; it was of lesser importance to us whether or not we finished the trail, or how many kilometers we walked. About 500 meters into the trail we came upon a huge stone pillar (Amud in Hebrew), rising 20 meters high, the stream’s namesake. Erosion has separated the pillar from the nearby cliff, and it stands, solitary, in the streambed.

 Amud Stream in the Galilee

Amud Stream in the Galilee

 Amud Stream in the Galilee

Amud Stream in the Galilee

Above the pillar lies a cave that nowadays has no access road leading to it. Remains of Neanderthal man were discovered in this cave. We continued walking along the trail, accompanied throughout by spectacular cyclamen blossoms. There are other cave mouths along the way, and in one of them commenced the first prehistoric research in Israel, in 1925.

The Caves

Amud Stream in the Galilee

We continued due north for about an hour and a half, and stopped for breakfast along the way. The weather, as mentioned, was beautiful, and we met other travelers along the trail: young people, families with children of all ages, and older couples, who were apparently enjoying the walk together. After about an hour and a half we turned around and backtracked toward the car. The ambiance of our walk was very serene. We had the Saturday ahead of us, we were walking as we pleased, and the part of the trail we were walking was very easy. Another highly recommended season to walk this trail is spring. Three years ago, in the springtime following a hard winter, we had walked this trail before, and all along the way, there were pools formed by rainfall, in which bathing was possible. The kids, of course, had great fun bathing in them.

spectacular cyclamen blossoms

spectacular cyclamen blossoms

 Amud Stream in the Galilee

Amud Stream in the Galilee

We finished our trip afternoon and drove a short distance due south toward Kibbutz Ginosar, to “Bikze Ha’nachal” restaurant (“end of the stream”). Located on the highway near Ginosar, the restaurant offers excellent Lebanese fare, with a selection suited for both meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Among the vegetarian dishes we chose were Fatayer, a pastry stuffed with herbs, Shulbato, which is bulgur cooked with tomatoes and onion, and excellent hummus. The meat lovers among us ordered a delectable kebab.

Fatair

Fatair

We had a fun Saturday and were reinvigorated for the upcoming week.

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