In the morning we hiked up the red cliff mountain in the burning heat of the morning sun. We were thankful that the Kermes Oak trees provided a lot of shade.
On the 16 km long hike we walked with 2 new guides- Mahmoud, a retired air force pilot and Moat, a nurse. They explained the vegetation and told stories from the area.
Ale and Lorenz are picking tiny fruits from the Jujube tree.
Often we saw signs of the Roman civilization. The village of Qabla was destroyed by an earthquake and has never been excavated. We walked over buried temples and houses and saw empty tombs and mysterious caves.
Every four hours, the voices of the Muezins from the villages around us were filling the air. We even heard their prayers in the Wadi Zubia, a valley filled with big and healthy oak trees.
At the end of our hike we visited Jesus’ Cave. In Roman times, the area above the cave was already used to press grapes for wine and olives for olive oil.
We stayed overnight in a private home with a family with four beautiful children. The whole family was extremely welcoming. The Grandmother of the children showed me how she makes bread.