Visiting Sachne Hot Springs and Gan Garoo

First of all, I am excited to announce the publication of my new TRAVEL PAGE! It took a while to go back through previous posts, but all of my travel posts from both within and outside the United States are now collected and organized in one travel page – linked to from the Treasure Your Being home page. The full pages devoted exclusively to Minnesota and Israel, of course, still exist.

Second of all, a pop quiz! What tickles and gives you a pedicure at the same time?

Answer: FLESH EATING FISH!

But actually, if you visit the Sachne hot springs, be prepared to either keep your legs moving the whole time or get some gentle nibbles from small toothless fish that like to eat dead skin off feet (have you ever seen them in the buckets used for pedicures? it’s pretty nuts!).

After our morning at Mt. Gilboa, the group I was traveling with this past weekend went to Sachne.

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Gorgeous, right?!

Sachne is a collection of natural pools fed by thermal springs that keep the water warm year round.

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Swimming here was a lot of fun – and I’m not even much of a swimmer! We stayed for about 30 minutes and then headed to the nearby Gan Garoo.

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Gan Garoo was – you guessed it – a kangaroo park and petting zoo extraordinaire. When we got there, we walked quickly past a lizard, bird, and a koala bear exhibit, and made a beeline to the kangaroo park.

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I can’t verify, but one of the people who worked at Gan Garoo told us that this is the only place outside of Australia where you can pet a kangaroo.

At first, we approached with trepidation…

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But things quickly warmed up between us:

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The kangaroos were super soft and very friendly…especially when we bought some of the kangaroo food to feed them:

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After leaving the kangaroos, we checked out the rest of the animal exhibits. This included a visit to a goat petting zoo:

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And a visit with some parrots:

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We were extremely surprised/terrified when the birds started swooping onto us as soon as we walked inside the parrot exhibit. I was expecting to feed them while they remained firmly in a tree!

Noah wasn’t such a fan of the bird contact…

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He was, however, a very big fan of this miniature construction vehicle. 10 shekels bought him an electrically-powered and joyous 5 minutes of moving dirt with this bad boy:

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