A second time on this beautiful hike for Tom and I, the first for Cam, who was suitably impressed. It is in northern, central Lebanon. We are dropped at the top of a narrow, steep gorge and immediately descend 200 meters on stone stairs above the valley.
You probably can't see the wooden cross in the photo on the right. It is said the Maronites have crosses of wood and hearts of gold.
The land above the valley is dotted with monasteries and old caves that harbored people from various persecuted religions over the ages. Remains in the valley have been found that date to prehistoric times. Photo at left shows a monastery (sans roof) on the opposite side of the valley. At right is a cave church interior.