The sun rose just as I left the camp
This sign was basically my plan for the day
The first signs of new sprouts after the rain of a few days ago
Today again there was very little shade, these trees were very far between!
The trail went past Ovda (the air force base / airport)
These are pictures from an ancient temple (active from around 6000 BCE to 2000 BCE). At first I had no idea what I was looking at - after reading the explanation sign I realized that these are supposed to be leopards.
Still some water remaining from the rain a few days ago
Beautiful patterns left in the sand presumably from the rain
These are the Kasui sand dunes - huge sand dunes, perfect for playing in
Not sure which two animals left these tracks . . .
From the sand dunes, I switched to the bicycle tracks (blue path, all the way to the end of the day), thanks to the suggestion from the people I met the day before. The path was quite scenic, most likely better than walking along the road. At some point I realized that the map I had received from the hikers the day before was from openstreetmaps - you can go to their website and see the trails marked there (the blue-marked bike trail is also blue on the openstreetmap.org website)
The rest of the day again had almost no shade whatsoever, and it was already pretty hot by this time. I met a group of walkers doing the same route as me (a group of friends who used to be in scouts together) sitting under a tree, As seems to happen in Israel, we worked out we have some mutual acquaintances :) I picked up my speed as we were walking together, and finished the day relatively early (by 2pm) - I had booked a bus for 6:40 pm (and needed to get to the 90 road, 12 km away). However, one of the group generously offered to give me a ride back, and took me nearly the whole was home.
Due to the ever-hotter weather, this will unfortunately have to be the end of my Israel trail walks until after the summer.