NEGEV TOURING Day 2 – February 17 – From Ramat HaNegev to the Zin Valley

Perfect day – sunny, blue sky and temperatures in high 60’s! Some took an early morning walk along the rim of the crater and saw the ibex – which were already eating their breakfast!  First stop of the day was the amazing Ramat Hanegev Desert Research Center.  We were all so impressed with the work that they do for the farmers and for research!  As Brina says – who knew that JNF did so much?  Now we know!
After a wonderful movie describing the farmers and how they benefit from the KKL research center, we visited a tomato hothouse and learned the new techniques in increasing yield and production.  Next – experimental work on grapes where they now can have 2 growing seasons! 
Next stop was Golda Park where we met a JNF forester who described the park – how it is used and yes – it is named after Prime Minister, Golda Meir. 
Lunch was in the very small commecial center of Sde Boker Medrasha Desert Research Institutes!   Always good to support the locals!  After lunch we were to hike the Zin Valley.  As we pulled up to the entrance we were told that the paths were closed due to flash flooding!  Huh!!!  Plan B – off to the overview of the Zin Valley and the final resting places of David and Paula Ben Gurion over looking the Zin Valley.  Not to miss some hiking, Neil took us to the place we would end the hike for a breathtaking view! Now, back at the hotel for rest and dinner.  Tomorrow is another Negev Day.  Love to all,


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