Round #6 of "See It While We Still Can": The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea has always been one of those strange, abstract curiosities that I read about thinking "That's crazy" but I didn't imagine I'd ever visit. However, it's less than an hour from Jerusalem and our friends said it was worth the trip so suddenly, here we were. Things I had not realized about the Dead Sea:
- The sea's surface and shores are 427 m below sea level, making it Earth's lowest elevation on land.
- The sea is 34.2% salt. Drinking it (or even getting it in your eyes) is NOT a good idea ;)
But of course, the most notable thing about the Dead Sea is that it makes everybody float like a rubber ducky. Including me, who normally sinks like a stone in a pool of water. We stayed at the Ein Gedi kibbutz, which is a nature reserve / hotel / community in the area. It has some really nice hikes and some pleasant accommodations, but I think we were the youngest people there (without parents) by a long shot ; )
We also did a quick trip down to Masada, which is the site of an ancient fort built on top of a mountain. Pretty cool.