Taking advantage of the still "mild" weather and the still green scenery, we went for a hike close to where we live.
My parents are here for a visit and also my mother in law joined us.
We left one car at the Muhraka- the monastery on top of Mount Carmel and started our trek in lovely open oak forest.
After the Khirbet Kerah Ruins, which we did not examin further, we descended to the Rakefet stream.
It is a lovely trek- mostly in the shade and relatively cool valley. The kids loved the "challenge" of climbing down the boulders here and there. Give them "wide" tracks and they will complain- but small narrow paths through bush or covered with stones will keep them going for "hours".
In the end we reached the olive orchards along the road from Elyakim to Daliyat-al-Carmel where we left another car.
The whole trek was some 6.5km long and it took us around 3 hours including breaks.
More details on the trek: here.