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Wrong Way Sharpe goes off the beaten path.

June 8, 2010

I like to hike.  I especially like challenging hikes… one’s where I get to climb cliffs and swing from trees (see Mission Impossible III meets Disney’s Tarzan).  More then hiking, I like to get lost.  Be it in my thoughts or surrounding, however, when I do get lost, I try very hard to minimize the probability that I may get shot.  Let me explain:

It started one morning,  when my friend Deb and I were supposed to go to the caves in Rosh Hanikra on the North West shores of Israel.  We missed the taxi ya da ya da ya da so instead we pull out Deb’s map of every bear path, in-grove, dried up river, and ant trail that Israel has to offer.  We choose to take a well traveled (but not popular, per say) path to a nearby town, called Tarshicha.  So, we begin by walking on the path to Kleel- which I have walked on many times already.  After walking for long enough to conclude that our path does not intersect with out chosen path we decide to turn left into a small clearing in the woods.  We walk 100 feet and come to a stone wall about 8-9 feet high.  We climb it.  I check the time and then continue walking.  This path is unmarked and is rarely if ever traveled.  We are walking on a dried up river bed which explains why the path is clear enough to walk though.  Green leafs shelter us from the hot sun for most of the hike and hundreds of rocks line our path so I have no hesitations about losing our way.  After walking and climbing for about 45 minutes or so, I notice that our path is getting much narrower, the trees are hanging lower, and the bugs are getting busier annoying us.  We also happen to stop at a particular point where the trees dont shelter us and Deb gets a phone call (which was reassuring because I knew that we had cell reception).  While shes talking, I notice a fence on the ground and a small path through the high grass leading upwards.  I take the path to investigate and I, surprisingly, come up to a dirt path with a few old Olive trees.  Odd!  I’m literally, off the map at this point, on the side of a mountain without a house or really any evidence of human life for as far as the eye can see.  Deb and I decide to sit under an olive tree and eat an apple and rehydrate.

At this point, I am a little hesitant.  Deb wants to continue upwards and on wards, I don’t know where we are, but I am intrigued.  What is one supposed to do?  I don’t want to stumble upon an arab or israeli and have to ask for help.  The language barrier and potential miscommunication both made me a bit nervous.  So, what did I do?  I made an Inukshuk to mark our path!!!  I felt comfortable enough exploring some more and WOW, I made the correct decision!!  we ended up 2 mountains away from Yechiam with a perfect view of the Yechiam fortress and the surrounding view.  I’ll won’t try to describe the view that we saw- I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.  On a side note, while walking back, we had no idea where we actually ascended from the river bed and we stumbled upon our Inukshuk!  Sometimes, things work out.  Enjoy the pictures!!!!!!!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Miriam Sharpe (aka mOm) permalink
    June 8, 2010 6:29 pm

    There is no wrong way…. SHARPE. Just another way!

    Love you!!!!!


  2. Cally permalink
    June 9, 2010 2:38 am

    Thanks for taking us on your beautiful hike just!!
    the pictures are awesome 😀

  3. Sandee Sharpe permalink
    June 9, 2010 10:47 am

    From one Wrong Way Sharpe to another – Mazel Tov! Who says you need a vehicle to be out on a roadtrip! Delighted to hear about your adventure and the choices that you made. I actually LOL when you created the Inukshuk and then saw it on the way back. The Inukshuk is the original and ultimate signpost for travellers and it sounds like it worked! Glad to hear that you thought about the fact that you’re in Israel and getting lost might be a bit more serious. That being said, you thought about it, made your decision and the pictures are awesome! I’ll leave the last word to Bobby about choosing your road/path…

    ” And I, I took the one less travelled by and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

  4. Dad permalink
    June 9, 2010 2:58 pm

    Hi Justin!

    Great photos! Your smiles tell the entire story! What a great hike!

    It looks like we both share the joy of getting lost in in strange places and finding our way home! It’s the adventure part that makes it so exciting, not really knowing where you are or where you are going, but safe in the belief you will find your way sooner or later…

    There are exceptions of course. I once rented a convertible in Lancaster Pennsylvania, and set out on a day long sight seeing excursion. Little did I know that the roads in Pennsylvania do not follow an east, west, north or south route, but rather each road follows a combination of all of the above! An hour into the trip and I had no clue where I was, I hadn’t crossed another major highway, and I was surrounded by horses, carts and Mennonites! Yikes! It was way too much fun!

    Love you so much and miss you more!



  5. leahpomerantz permalink
    June 9, 2010 8:54 pm

    are you trying to give your bubbie freda a heart attack????

    enjoy, enjoy!

  6. Jill Pomerantz permalink
    June 10, 2010 1:01 pm

    Justin, that is a wonderful adventure – but I can only wonder – and continue to giggle about the strange tales that might be told by the next person who finds the Inukshuk.
    love A. Jilll

  7. Bubby Ann permalink
    June 11, 2010 1:17 pm

    Hi Justin,
    Shabbat shalom!!! Loved the pictures and the Inukshuk, what a creative plan. It’s scary getting lost in Israel, I’m glad it all worked out for you. When Zaida Norm and I were in Israel,in 1974, we were approached by a very clean cut teenager who asked for money, when we said we didn’t have any, he blew a whistle and we were almost surrounded by a gang of arab boys. We ran as fast as we could and got away. The next time, we took escorted tours. I’m really glad that you are safe and it worked out well. There are some parts of the world where one does not wander and get lost.
    How is the teaching?? Are you going to be a lifeguard?? Really like reading your blogs and finding out about your adventures. Keep on meeting the world, but stay safe!!!!
    Lots of love and hugs, Bubby Ann

  8. auntie c permalink
    June 12, 2010 11:28 am

    and i took the road less travelled as blogged by auntie sandee…
    less travelled but wow what a journey..
    love that you are seeing yisrael a-me-tea
    whichever road you ar on ,while there, you are seeing her as she was meant to be seen.
    i am living vicariously through you boy!
    keep on keeping on…

  9. Pat Rayman permalink
    June 14, 2010 12:24 pm

    Wow Justin, you are having so much fun. I loved the shot of you jumping in the air. Your spirit is unstopable. Yea! Pat

  10. A. Dale permalink
    June 17, 2010 12:56 am

    Sounds like a great time, Justin.
    I’ve thought about you so many times, hope you’re as happy as you sound.
    I just signed onto your blog – my first one ever!
    Love you lots,
    A. Dale

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