This is Ron, my wife allowed me to take the reigns for this blog to document Kaitlyn’s first camping trip. The idea came from a coworker who casually mentioned his thoughts on going camping during the local Rosh Hashana holiday (last Thursday and Friday). After briefly checking into the proposed campsite and gathering initial information, we felt comfortable enough ‘winging’ the rest of it. We both received approval from the spouses to take the kids (wasn’t sure if Michelle would go for it initially, she felt better after checking out the campsite online) and planned to head out Thursday afternoon. Our destination – the Be’erot campground at a national park named Makhtesh Ramon in the Negev, a large desert region in southern Israel.
After packing our bags and checking them twice, Kaitlyn was excited to head outside and wait for our ride.
After a 2.5 hour drive, most of it through desert-style landscape spotted with camels, we arrived at the Makhtesh Ramon visitor's center (makhtesh is hebrew for crater). This is one of the best locations to view the beauty and grandeur of the large Ramon crater. We couldn't pass up the opportunity for a memorable daddy/daughter picture.
Not sure where, but our campground is somewhere down there...
There were a few options for tent locations, but we preferred the more secluded/private cove rather than the larger communal areas. There were plenty of other kids running around so we knew it wouldn’t be a problem to let the kids run wild.
After the tent was setup and our bags were unpacked, we walked around with the kids for a bit before getting ready for dinner. The self-starting charcoal ensured a successful fire.