I hope I haven't spoiled you too much with pictures from my road trip around Israel. One of our last stops a few days before leaving Israel was of course the Dead Sea. Also known as the Salt Sea. You cannot visit the Holy Land and not visit the Dead Sea. Why, it would almost be sinful. The Dead Sea serves as a backdrop for many events in biblical times. A place of refuge for King David who hid from King Saul, the prophet Ezekiel had visions here and this was also a health resort for Herod the Great. The story of Masada also happened only a stone's throw from here and overlooks the Dead Sea and a striking sight set in Israel's Judean Dessert combining history, geology and archaeology.
One of the saltiest lakes in the world rivaling that of lake Assal in Djibouti. Apparently the lowest point on earth, evident by the ear-popping you will experience when descending down 423 meter below sea level to arrive at the Dead Sea. Almost all the beaches at the Dead Sea have an entry fee so prepare for that, but all will take cards if you happen to have blown it all on souvenirs, also note that there will be soldiers around the beaches or you may run into a few check points on the way to the Dead Sea which may or may not come as a surprise. After driving around the country for over a week we were just going to chill out and let the healing powers of the mineral-rich sea on the horizon reveal its magic.
The day was very hazy and hotter than the British summers and yet this wasn't even peak heat season yet. With little breeze to cool you down the first thought was to escape into the sea, which was rather delightful warm temperate but made difficult to wander into due to the slippery mud underneath the surface. With 30 percent Salinity it's about 7-8 times saltier than the oceans and even with the warning signs all over the place informing people not to splash each other, I still managed to spot grown men behaving like kids and splashing each other. The joke was on them because I spotted a few of them stifling girlish moans because they were obviously in a lot of pain after getting water in their eyes. Some were even trying to swim, which is near impossible without getting your face wet or just automatically floating. That was my entertainment for the day until I got back to business of wrapping myself in mud and looking quite pleased with myself, I also attempted the obligatory floating in Israel's Dead Sea. This is the stuff that dreams are made of. Where on earth can adults get away with rolling around in the mud without anyone looking at you as if you are few nuts away from a fruit cake?! Here, that's where! Your skin will thank you for it too. After rolling around in it and letting it dry it was time wash it off and to get away from the heat to continue the last few legs of our road trip...
So have you been to the Dead Sea yet?
Floating in the Dead Sea - Israel