The "Tuscany" of Israel

Several years ago, while participating in excavations at the base of Megiddo, I had weekends to wander the trail network of the Menashe Mountains Forest. This splendid green space stretches between Megiddo and the community of Ramat HaShofet. The soft limestone of this "saddle" gives way to the harder limestone of the Carmel ridge, rising on the distant horizon.