We had a Sunday!! Well it was actually a Tuesday but it was such a fun day. A run around and get things done day. An afternoon trip with the kids day. A no need to wake up and rush out the door day. It felt like a Sunday. Though I guess I was missing a theoretical day because we never really had Sundays before in our family. Since I don't work on Shabbat (Sabbath) the trade-off has always been to work most Sundays, or Sunday nights or Saturday nights or some combo therein that took away Sunday as a free day. In some respect this made aliyah easier for our family because we didn't have to adjust to the loss of Sunday (though I have written before about my children's views of school on Sunday).
Back to the topic at hand--we had the day off because election day here is a national holiday. In the afternoon we voted and took the kids on a little trip to a National Park about 25 minutes away. The 25 minutes is before you turn onto the entrance and travel 15 treacherous minutes on a rather narrow, rocky path. I wouldn't call it a road--it was more like a suggested path designed specifically by nature to destroy the undercarriage of your vehicle with sharp and craggy rocks the size of your head. But we brought our brand new smartphones with us (Yes we have entered the 21st century--folks, we live in a country that has more cell phones than citizens, so it was inevitable), and Waze kept up with us down our windy path. When we finally made it to a "parking area" we met some Israelis who it seemed were also a bit put off by the windy path and they showed us a better way in and out. Perhaps we just don't have enough of the adventurous spirit because at the beginning of our hiking trail (which was a narrow trail for single-file walking) was a sign (which you could only get to by climbing over boulders taller than Ariella) that said "No cars beyond this point". Michael and I tried to figure out how one could even get a car beyond that point if you wanted to. I think it would be impossible, but clearly enough people must have tried, and enough of them that a sign was necessary. Or it was Israeli bureaucracy at its finest. The park was spectacular:
|Sign telling you no cars beyond this point|