Photos of the most epic hiking trail you've never heard of
I walked 17 miles from the city to the country with famous behavioral economist Dan Ariely.
I decided to celebrate breaking and healing my foot by walking 17 miles across Israel. I wasn't alone: Dan Ariely, a famous Israeli behavioral economist and Duke University professor, invited the world to join him in a hike to celebrate his birthday. A bunch of his Facebook followers and I came along for what turned out to be a very intellectual hike along the Israel National Trail, a 680-mile path that runs all the way through the country.
The portion of the hike I joined him for started in Yarkon Park, a gigantic park in the Mediterranean metropolis of Tel Aviv, and ran far from the city into the country. Naturally, I took a lot of photos along the way.
Dan Ariely pointed out the Israel National Trail marker.
Only four out of 10 people hiking the trail complete it.
Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park actually reminded me a lot of Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
I wasn't the only one to stop and take a photo of these gorgeous bunches of purple flowers.
We eventually hiked out of the park and into the country.
Fruit grew in orchards by the trail, including this attractive lemon.
We had no idea what this structure was, other than a pretty cool trail marker.
The trail runs through historical sites as well as natural areas and farmland.
We also told embarrassing stories about ourselves. Mine involved an attempt to boil chocolate chip cookie dough like dumplings.
We had to take off our shoes and walk through a lot of these puddles. I got to practice my new favorite hobby: walking barefoot.
As we surveyed the beautiful landscapes, we talked about behavioral economics. I wish my college classes could have been more like this.
We weren't sure what these plants were for. Either hummus, peanuts or something else.
You know when you're walking through farmland and you see people riding motorcycles everywhere?
We took a break to eat pita and wished we had more pita.
Local kids had way more fun splashing in puddles than we did.
National Geographic named the Israel National Trail one of 20 most epic trails in the world.
No hike is complete without a selfie.
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