That was an awesome trip!
21 kayakers, 21 boats, some booze, lots of food and plenty of high mood just circumnavigating the Sea Of Galilee (Kineret).
We stared at Kibutz Genosar on Friday morning, paddling along the northern side of the lake. The strong easterly wind that we had from the beginning simply calmed down as we were having a break on shore (and feeding ourselves, of course). We then continued and entered the upper Jordan river (or a stream, just to set expectations). struggling with paddling upstream for what I can only estimate by 3-4 km till GESHER (bridge) ARIK. That was tough paddling for med kayaker like me not used to currents. Actually I finally managed using intensive meditation thinking about the rolls of palms and almonds that I have in the kayak. At the first stop by the bridge we took them out and they were by far more energetic and tasty at that spot.
Apparently, all that we paddled for an hour upstream was great fun sliding downstream at about 10 minutes and we were back in the calm Kineret exploring the eastern bank.
It was very pleasant paddling south through another coffee break with the sun setting above the city of Tiberius straight to Kibutz Ein Gev where we spent the night.
Evening was also great, great company of great people and good mood. Few of us were amazing the crowd with some dancing steps... (Not me).
The next day was about the southern part of the lake. It was somehow cloudy but with very 'artistic' sky. The lake was calm. The stories of Gal that made short interesting lectures about the history and stories of the place. Tales from the Roman age, the new testimony and the 19th century made you understand why people fell in love with this place all along the history.
We landed back in Genosar just before dark and I must admit I found it hard to finish the trip so I locked my car keys in the car. the guys that stayed with me waiting for someone to break into the car made it a great Finale to this great weekend.
Can't wait to the next trip...