By Allan Lunkenheimer
I recently traveled to Israel this past summer for 10 days on a birthright trip. It was honestly one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Getting to travel across the entire country and see all of the sites such as beaches, national parks, hikes, museums and various other historical sites was incredible.
One of my favorite moments was when we hiked up to Masada, an ancient fortification in Southern Israel, at 3am. A group of 40 of us made the hike to the top and were able to watch the sunrise, while learning about the history of what had occurred there years ago when the Roman Empire invaded the village. One of our group members was a yoga instructor and another was the lead guitarist in a band, so we were also able to go through a yoga routine while he played music and the sun was rising. It was an overall surreal experience and one that I will never forget.
Through travel, you get to learn a great deal about not only places you've never been, but also about yourself as a person. It can be very introspective, while at the same time allowing you to bond with others and garner a greater appreciation of nature. I've been following Rock the Park all season and it has not only brought back amazing memories I've had of other travel experiences, but it has also educated me of the wonders that await in our own backyard and I've definitely become motivated to want to travel the US to discover these wonders for myself.