Arad Off The Beaten Path

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    Har Letaoat

    by Martin_S. Written Dec 28, 2006
    Har Letaoat, Arad in background, Israel
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    When your friend calls and says "Be ready in 15 minutes", you are ready. So my friend Giora called and said exactly that...I did ask "Whats up??", he said "Just be READY"...okay so he picked me up in his 4x4 truck and we headed out into the desert near Arad. There is a very steep hill near Arad called Har Letaoat (which means Lizard Mountain in Hebrew) which for some unknown reason the army blazed a very steep and difficult access road to the top. So we headed up this road till we got almost to the top where we stopped to take the first picture of Giora in his truck with Arad being lit by the sun in the background. When we got to the top and stopped Giora opened the back of his trukc, pulled out two chairs and a cold pack of beers. We had a nice few hours just enjoying ourselves in a beautiful setting.

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    Desert Rules

    by Nathalie_B Written Dec 27, 2006

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    There are many paths in the desert, some are beaten and a lot and some are unexplored or simply unfamiliar (unless your name is Martin_S.) Don't try to play hero and go discover the desert on your own. If you do decide to explore the area then remember one thing: don't try to lift rocks or even small stones because this is where scorpions like to hide.
    Tatke enough sunscreen and water and make sure that at least one person knows of your whereabouts.

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    Arad - As seen from the south - set 2

    by Martin_S. Updated Sep 15, 2005
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    Again Arad from the south, this set of pictures takes you from the center of town west to the area that meets the road from BeerSheva. You can see the only hotel in the center of town (there are two others, but they are much further from the center of town), the bus station, a factory that produces snacks, the open air market, all the way to the west in the Geviem area, the last to be built here in Arad.

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    Arad - As seen from the south - set 1

    by Martin_S. Updated Sep 15, 2005
    Arad - As seen from the south
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    If you get the chance to visit Arad, take the time to go into the desert surrounding our town and look at the town from the desert, you obtain a whole different perspective when you look at it standing alone in the desert... Here and in the next series of pictures you can see the city looking from the south, the pictures start in the southeast corner of Arad and progress toward the west.

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    Nahal Kidod water cistern

    by Martin_S. Updated Jul 11, 2005
    Nahal Kidod, Arad, Israel

    How to survive in the desert, a good question and one of the answers is here in the series of water cisterns and collection canals that you can find in many of the small valleys that surround Arad. This is a tiny one in the Kidod Valley just east of Arad, the remains of the canals are difficult to see, but when you are on the spot you can see them "leading" the water into the cistern.

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    Hiking the desert in Israel

    by Martin_S. Written Jul 6, 2005
    Desert scene, Israel

    This is the type of scenery that will both sooth you and challange you when you hike the deserts of Israel. They are not sandy deserts, but rough mountainous desert, where the earth has been uplifted, thrown down, torn and ripped to pieces, leaving a jagged and corrugated pathway for you to walk. This picture was taken only 20 minutes away from our home here in Arad.

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    Nahal Bokek - contemplation

    by Martin_S. Written Jul 6, 2005
    Nahal Bokek, Israel

    This is one of the places I love to stop and just "look at the rocks" in Nahal Bokek. (the entrance is just across the road from the hotel area at the Dead Sea)
    Heinz found it a good spot also. In the upper background you can see where the trail leads if you want to do a circular trail and not exit the way you entered.

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    Bedouins and Their Camels-2

    by jadedmuse Updated Jun 25, 2005

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    Towns in the Negev like Beersheba for example, offer a Bedouin Museum and a closer look at their traditions and culture.

    But as you drive around Arad, you'll inevitably bump into some local Bedouins and/or their camels, just out taking a stroll along the road (hence the sign!).

    It's a real interesting holdover...then again, it's one of many that you'll find in Israel, which in itself is the biggest example of an anachronism!

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    Bedouins and Their Camels

    by jadedmuse Updated Jun 25, 2005

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    Arad is a wonderful place because you have a bit of modern civilization and all its niceties, juxtaposed against the shrinking Bedouin population who reside primarily in the Negev Desert area. I'm not sure what the Bedouin population in Israel is today, but outside of Jerusalem - as you make your way south to the Dead Sea (and Martin's place in Arad) - you'll look across the arid topography and find a few camels and some tents....sometimes even a satellite dish!

    These are the Bedouins...nomadic desert dwellers who inhabit the Sinai and the Negev, as well as nearby Jordan. Only about 10% of the bedouins still live in tents and remain nomadic; the rest are now in urban settlements after Israel was established in 1948.

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    Nahal Tabia - Rock "Art" (not)

    by Martin_S. Written Jun 13, 2005
    Nahal Tabia - This is NOT rock art

    While it may be sweet that Sami felt the undying need to express his rock hard love for Sveta, it is not on a par with the Anasazi Rock Art. When you see Sami tell him to get Sveta a box of chocolates next time.

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    Nahal Tabia - "Caveman"

    by Martin_S. Written Jun 13, 2005
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    Nahal Tabia is one of the many small dry canyons in Arad, but it is special because we have our very own "caveman" living there...as you can see his home is made from the stone found in the canyon so it is well hidden when you look from a distance even though it stands out as a manmade structure.

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    Nahal Asheliem (Oct 2004) - the long road down

    by Martin_S. Written Jun 4, 2005
    Walk to Nahal Asheliem entrance, Israel

    As I said even after you approach Nahal Asheliem with your private car you still have a walk ahead of you before you enter the canyon, this is the downhill part before the uphill part..and don't forget the worst part, you have to climb back up this AFTER you finish your hike...I really need to find out how to make hikes that are ONLY DOWNHILL...

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    Nahal Asheliem (Oct 2004) - the "sign"

    by Martin_S. Written Jun 4, 2005
    Nahal Asheliem, Israel

    This is the sign in the middle of the desert showing you the way to Nahal Asheliem (or Wadi in English).. In the close background you can see the Sdom Mountains and in the far distance, looking like a haze on the horizon the mountains of Jordan. This point on the trail can be reached by private car from the Dead Sea.

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    Nahal Peres - bike riding or mountain climbing?

    by Martin_S. Written Mar 17, 2004
    Nahal Peres, Israel

    This was the last "step"....at the end of our ride the trail lead almost straight up. It seems our trip had turned into a Teeoul Katef (or "shoulder trip"), which means that the bikes "rode" on our shoulders for a large part of the trip. This type of ride has become a household word for when we try to make new routes that are not marked ;O))) it can be fun, but it can also be hard work. Carrying you mountain bike almost straight up for several hundred meters is NOT FUN....but we still talk about these trips all the time, so I guess we are having fun and don't even know it ^L^

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    Nahal Peres - the first step

    by Martin_S. Updated Mar 17, 2004
    Nahal Peres, the first

    You can see here the type of trail we were on, it is designed for walking and even when walking you often had to help others get down the steps and here WE were on mountain bikes.

    Nahal Peres is a beautiful canyon just about a 20 minute drive from Arad, south and east of us. It is easily accessed from the Dead Sea/Dimona road. Make sure you take plenty of water because there is NONE.

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