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The Jesus Trail
Instead of hopping on a bus to be taken to certain holy sites to see places where Jesus did his ministry, there is a walking option.
This go-at-you-own-pace trip is along a 40-mile path that brings you to sites like: Nazareth where Jesus grew up as a boy; the Arab village of Kana--where Jesus turned water into wine; the sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes where it is thought Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount; and to the location where it's said that Jesus turned two fish and five loaves of bread into enough food for the multitudes.
There are sites important to Islam as well.
According to Laurie Copans who took the trip, it has appeal, partly because of the interactive quality. Listening to birds, feeling the breeze, and experiencing the topography adds meditative and reflective elements to the travle experience.
As one of the people interviewed for the article said, "The more intimate you become with the land, the more intimate the land becomes to you--the smells, the feel, the hills."
The tricky aspect of this trail is that it's not marked. Here are your options for doing the trip without getting lost.
- Hire a tour guide
- Download a Global Positioning System that coordinates with Jesustrail.com, or
- Pick up a Map--but with the trail not marked, I say hire a tour guide.