Golan Heights in the summer
Camping and a cold bath
Text by Veronica Yudkevich
Photographs by Veronica Yudkevich
To me summer on the Golan heights is a lot of yellow, some green, baths in freezing cold water, cherries, apples and other fruits. Golan Heights in the winter have other connotations and a totally different story
It’s the second year that we pack our house for a one night stay (you may and should stay longer) and go with the kids to the ‘cherries’ camping site’ aka the camping in Nimrod. Some places are meant to return to because you get to meet friendly people and you’re surrounded with fruit trees freely available when in season, because usually it’s not crowded and you don’t have to break your savings bank for a weekend, because even when the whole country is hit with a heat wave, cool winds still rein in Nimrod area.
So, what is there to do? Well, you set up your tent, put the beer in the fridge, build a fire and let your kids eat cherries until they start coming out of their ears. Young children, so I’ve learned, don’t need much entertainment since they’re fascinated with nearly everything as long as there’s a bowl of plain pasta waiting for them.
Every now and then the peaceful picture is disturbed by the distant sounds of explosions that bring one back to reality. Being surrounded by the serene views of orchards, it’s hard to imagine that a few kilometres away, over the border all hell broke loose and people are fighting for their lives. Everything is so close.
The camping site in Nimrod is also a great place to spend the night for those travelling the Golan Heights trail. While there, Hermon spring is also worth a visit; it’s full of leeches so no bathing, but the views to the west, the Hermon mountain and Majdal Shams are stunning.
On our way back we stop for a refreshing, cold water dip in the Ein Fit spring situated in the midst of ruins of an eponymous Syrian village. The water collects into a basin covered by a curved stone roof, and the area is shaded by huge eucalyptus and fig trees. The road to the spring is heavily damaged, but still passable by car (about 1 km from the 99 road); those to come in August will get an extra bonus - figs as sweet as honey.