Israel: The beginning

My brother and I arrived home from Israel late Sunday night and the past few days we’ve spent relaxing with our family and telling stories of all the adventures we had and blessings we received on our trip. And they have been many.

So… let’s start at the beginning… a very good place to start.

Late afternoon on August 6th, Zack and I drove to Phoenix (2 hr drive) with Mom, our brother Jacob, and our cousin Kami. Before we went to the airport we had dinner at one of our favorite places, the Cheese Cake Factory.



Our first flight was to San Francisco where we met up with our Uncle Carl, founder of Zechariah’s Hope, and the group of people who traveled with Z-Hope this trip.

Together, with our group of ten people, we commenced our journey to the Holy Land. We had a lay over in New York where we had dinner together in the airport. This is almost everyone in our group:


We arrived in Tel Aviv late afternoon on August 8th. Boaz, our tour guide (who became our good friend), met us at the airport and took us to our first hotel in his awesome van. Boaz’s company is called Experience Destination Israel, and we each got an EDI shirt. Thanks, Boaz!




Here are a few pictures I took looking out the window of the van:

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We spent our first night in Netanya. Our hotel was literally right off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.


This is my good friend Mary. I met her on this trip and we quickly became fast friends. We were room mates every single night. The other people from our group will be introduced in upcoming blog posts.


Looking up our hotel with the Mediterranean Sea behind me:


This is our room:


And this is the view looking out our window:


The dining room where we had dinner at this hotel (and breakfast the next morning):


After dinner we went swimming in the Mediterranean Sea; the best way to start an awesome trip. It was dark out by then and the water felt so warm and relaxing after two days of traveling.

More stories and pictures coming soon… 🙂

Edited later: Go to Israel: Day 1

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10 Responses to Israel: The beginning

  1. Maryann says:

    I am so excited to see pictures of your adventure! I am glad you are back.
    I can’t wait to hear more.

  2. Ardyth Rasmussen says:

    I’m happy to hear that you made it home again, safe and sound, from your wonderful adventure. Enjoyed your pictures along with the descriptions. Looking forward to future installments.

  3. Carol Newhouse says:

    Can’t wait for the next post…what a wonderful experience!

  4. Grace Norton says:

    Wow abbey your guys’ hotel looks really nice and what a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. That is really cool. Excited to see more pictures:)

  5. Ann says:

    Bring it on! I’m anxious to learn more about your adventure. Would you be able to include a quote from brother Zach? Love, a

    • Abbey says:

      Hi Auntie Ann! That’s a good idea, I will see if I can get some input from Zack 🙂 I am glad you’re excited for more. I am looking forward to sharing more about our adventures.

  6. Susie Rasmussen says:

    Yes, I agree with Ann, it would be interesting to hear what Zack has to say about different parts of the trip.
    Very nice pictures and post Abbs, SO happy you were able to go on this trip.

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