By Nili Hess Ashkenazi,Israel
On a sunny Saturday around Tu BiShvat we went on trip at Nachal Aviv (Aviv Stream). We have driven by the river many times before and every time, kept saying we should tour it. On the Saturday in question, we wanted a walking tour. We suggested a few options and remembered that we had yet to visit Aviv Stream, and so we decided the plan for that day. The stream runs through the heart of the Eastern Upper Galilee, slightly south of the Lebanese border. The starting point of the footpath is where the stream meets the highway, north of Kibbutz Yiron, and is marked with blue and white. We parked the car at the trail’s entrance, across from the stream and crossed the road (you should be very careful when crossing!)
We began walking down the riverbed, which was mostly an easy walk, and shortly thereafter, we could notice tall, erect stone pinnacles, which resembled young maidens overlooking the travelers.
The pinnacles at Aviv Stream
These pinnacles are part of a karsric phenomenon typical to Aviv Stream (the term karst describes the process in which rainfall dissolves the limestone, creating various geological phenomena). As is our habit, we have decided to walk the trail until we decide we’ve had enough (mainly the kids). Throughout our walk, the almond trees, which were in full bloom this time of year- around Tu BiShvat, were seen in all their glory, adding to the beautiful scenery.
The almond trees,Aviv Stream
At a certain point, the trail branches out and allowed a short walk (a few hundred meters) up toward a cave. Caves, another karstic phenomenon, can be seen all along the trail.
Maayan and Roee chose to climb up to the cave, and enjoyed the hike as well as the view. Noa and Nili decided not to climb, and waited on the footpath itself.
The Caves, Aviv Stream
Aviv Stream,Things to do in the Galilee
At a certain point, when Noa and Roee felt they’d had enough, we turned around and walked back to the car. It was past noon already, and we drove to the town of Jish to eat lunch at El- Liali restaurant (on which we have already told you about in a different post, about Baram and Bir’im), which we tend to frequent when we are traveling in the area.