How Does An Idiot-ic MedTrekker in Israel Observe Sukkot, or the Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles?

Strolling through the Caesarea ruins on the Israel coast.

The Idiot didn’t have a clue what would impress him most as he MedTrekked down the coastline of Israel in early October when everyone in the country was observing Sukkot, or the Feast of the Tabernacles.

Would it be the state of the wide, clean, sandy beaches that stretch the length of the country crowded with holiday sunbathers and vacationers?

Or maybe sightings of an ancient hippodrome, a dead turtle, a shipwrecked boat, horseback riders, a rare nudist or the Israeli flag?

What impressed The idiot the most during his MedTrek down the coast of Israel to Tel Aviv? Was it the hippodrome at the Caesarea ruins?
What impressed The idiot the most during his MedTrek down the coast of Israel to Tel Aviv? Was it a shipwreck south of Haifa?
What impressed The idiot the most during his MedTrek down the coast of Israel to Tel Aviv? Was it Israel’s omnipresent national flag?
What impressed The idiot the most during his MedTrek down the coast of Israel to Tel Aviv? Was it a deceased turtle near Atlit?
What impressed The idiot the most during his MedTrek down the coast of Israel to Tel Aviv? Was it when he realized how much easier the MedTrek would be on horseback when he saw these relaxed riders near Mikhmort.
What impressed The idiot the most during his MedTrek down the coast of Israel to Tel Aviv? Was it the stroll beneath the cliffs into Netanya?
What impressed The idiot the most during his MedTrek down the coast of Israel to Tel Aviv? Was it a rare nudist near Herzilya.

Actually, none of the above.

The Idiot was continually intrigued by communal tent life that, during the extended Jewish holidays, transformed the Mediterranean coast into the world’s longest kibbutz.

The Idiot was startled by the massive number of communal tents on Israel beaches. Sociologists claim that one reason Israelis like to group together under tents like this is because of fond memories of their shared national service in the military.
Tents on Israeli beaches provide a new definition of camping out — or taking absolutely everything you own to the beach.
A typical mid-morning conversation under a communal tent.
There’s a tent for every purpose. This one is for hammocks.
The Idiot was accompanied on parts of his Sukkot march by former London Times coorespondent Michael Knipe.

Tomorrow: With Increasing Unrest In Israel, How Do Three MedTrekkers Get To Gaza And Live To Talk About It?

Joel Stratte-McClure, an American journalist/adventurer who lived in France for over three decades, is the author of “The Idiot and the Odyssey: Walking the Mediterranean” (2008) and “The Idiot and the Odyssey II: Myth, Madness and Magic on the Mediterranean” (2013).

He is currently based in Northern California but travels regularly to the Mediterranean to gather anecdotes and add kilometers for his third book in this series: “The Idiot and the Odyssey III: Walking the Mediterranean in the Footsteps of Alexander the Great” (2018).

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