Archive for May, 2009

There have been many efforts to reforest the cedars all  over Lebanon. The most poignant being a hillside in the Chouf Cedar Reserve where a cedar was planted in the name of each soldier who lost his life in the Nahr El Bared conflict.


On the trail from Baskinta to Zaarour, we spotted a rather rare species of  VW camper that had somehow strayed from its usual habitat. This particular specimen is indigenous to Lebanon as evidenced by its red and white markings.

It has been a long-standing tradition in Lebanon for residents of the coastal cities and towns of lower elevation to escape the summer heat by going up to the mountains for the summer. This is called estivation. We encountered  this goat herder with his herd, dogs and mule on the way to their summer residence in the highlands (seriously). By the way, the guy in the hat is Padre, not the goat herder.

I am happy to have shared a glimpse of this wonderful adventure with all of you.  In the coming months I hope to revisit many of the villages and sites that I didn’t have as much time in as I would have liked.  There are so many interesting people I would like to talk to more. So I will continue to update the blog with new pictures taken by different people who joined us, and my trips back into the mountains. Be sure to come back weekly and ...

Day 29 Members of the youth organization SOIL (Save Our Inherited Land) gave us a very warm welcome last night in Hasbaya. They manage the LMT guest house here, and do it with great enthusiasm and energy. A brief walk through the streets of Hasbaya lead us out into the fields and terraced olive groves. We skirted the heavily wooded oak forest of Hasbaya through shoulder high grass, flowers and thistle. There was an abundance of thick trunked olive trees. Many over 1000 yrs. old. In the town of Ibl El Saqi we met ...