It was a bright, summery winters (2010) day here in the middle east so we took the dog out of the city for a much needed hike. We ended up stumbling upon a fantastic huge field of thick, lush overgrown green grass and squatted for a mini picnic of butter croissants and cheesey sandwiches. I ended up tearing off my croissant-flake-covered skinny jeans and thick wool socks mid hike, to sport only an old AA T-shirt dress and pasty white legs. Although winter is and always will be my most beloved season, it did feel nerdily liberating to skinny down along the heated path and bare a little skin. Here’s to a odd, warm winter’s day (and the coolest dog ever):
So this weekend called for another breather from city life. This time we chose to drive a few hours north to a beautiful nature reserve. We brought the dog with us as usual, but were told once we got there that she wasn’t allowed to come on the trails with us. Feeling terrible about leaving her stuck in the car, we didn’t linger too long while we were there. But guilt aside, this was one of my favorite field trips we’ve taken so far. It wasn’t that the reserve was huge and empty of people, it was actually quite small and fairly populated. It was the weather that played a huge part in this great day. Dark clouds hovered over powerful sun rays which made for a dramatic back drop. Then after the clouds eventually burst, the colors were fantastic! Like after every great storm, the greens were greener, the yellows were yellower, etc… The highlight of the trip though, which turned us into a couple of gross camera happy tourists, was the herd of wild water buffalo, just roaming about oh 50 feet away. So… this week’s trip picks theme is “nature tourist nerd caught in rain storm.”
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Yesterday, moseyman and I drove a few hours south to the desert. Now although we’re living in the Middle East, we actually live in a pretty westernized city (Tel Aviv), so when we left the city behind us we undoubtedly immersed ourselves in the real deal. As we drove further and further south, we watched the high rises disappear, the greenery fade and the sandy mountains grow. We heard the radio pop music staticize and the Mizrachi (eastern) music tune in. After a couple of hours of driving we began to see small, movable houses in the near distance. Flimsy, tin, roofs were held down simply, by large rocks. We passed many Bedouin who were herding fluffy sheep along the side of the road, and some riding camels in the distance. The faces of these nomads were barely visible for the layers of scarves, turbans and billowing, hooded cloaks. When we finally arrived, we parked at a Bedouin (but tourist ridden) campsite where I nerded out on the nargila smoking and strong coffee drinking experience. Instead, we immediately set off, trail map in hand, food and water on our backs. I must admit, prepared for a full day of hiking and mountain climbing, my outfit was nothing to post about. The colors of the desert surrounding us, however, were the most inspirational of all field trips, yet. These were not mountains of simple beige and cream, these were mountains of hot paprika, cumin and turmeric! It was like hiking on spices! There were multicolored rocks all over the place… dark purple with veins of pale lavender, black marble with swirls of peach. I could go on forever, but instead I will present you with my newest addition of field trip picks… inspired by the colors of the desert and some Bedouin goodness.
Today was field trip day again. We ended up driving to a nearby forest for our city escape, but as it turned out, everyone else seemed to have the same idea. It was so saturated with families and kids and loud cheesy music, that we found ourselves escaping from our escape. Just as we thought our getaway had been ruined, we fell upon an amazing strawberry field. The sweet smell was so intense and the rows of red sprouting berries were so deeply red, it was all I could do to not stop and gorge myself. I could imagine a perfect strawberry picking date for that spot. So… I present you with my affordable strawberry-picking-date inspired, field trip picks. Hope you like!
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Lately, I’ve been taking a day each weekend to get out of the city for a field trip. It doesn’t need to be far or fancy, just peaceful. Last weekend, moseyman, dog and I found the perfect huge field to wonder through and breathe fresh, perfectly temperate air. Miles of crops surrounded our sandy path. We saw potatoes, radishes and carrots bulging up out of the ground, we smelled acres of fresh parsley, and the only noise we heard (besides the occasional fly-by dirt bike hooligan) was the sound of field wheat gently brushing one another in the wind. The dominating wild flowers were unbelievable. With the sun bobbing in and out of the clouds, it was cold one minute and hot the next. These kinds of outings require stylish comfort and light layers. So, I decided to create a collage of some affordable field trip picks… Inspired by wheat fields and open skies…