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Dead Sea

November 10, 2011 by Jo

Gaaah, what a fun day Kevin and I had!!

We planned to be out the door by 9am, which of course meant around 9:30. Yoni, one of our fabulous babysitters for the weekend, picked us up in his cute little car and road tripped it with us down to the Dead Sea. Two hours and a lot of desert later, we finally arrived at our destination. Needless to say, it was biblical. :D

Here’s a quick blurb about the Dead Sea from Wikipedia:

The Dead Sea (Arabic: البحر الميت‎ al-Bahr al-Mayyit, Hebrew: יָם הַ‏‏מֶּ‏‏לַ‏ח‎‎, Yām Ha-Melaḥ, “Sea of Salt”), also called the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. Its surface and shores are 423 metres (1,388 ft) below sea level, the lowest elevation on the Earth’s surface. The Dead Sea is 377 m (1,237 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With 33.7% salinity, it is also one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water [...] It is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The Dead Sea is 67 kilometres (42 mi) long and 18 kilometres (11 mi) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River.

Now that you know some stats, here’s an ever quicker run down of our day. We went to a spa/resort sort of place, covered ourselves in mud, washed off in a sulfur bath followed by a fresh water shower, had a massage (I snagged a facial), and then went down to float in the Dead Sea. Freaking fantastic day!!! I have a bunch of photos from my trip that I need to post, but until then, I’ll leave you with this. Hopefully you recognize this our signature pose.

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And, as legend has it, you really do “just float”. It was surprising and magical. And bizarre. Hahah, Kevin pretended to be sky diving….wish I had snapped a picture of that.

Until later!!


1 Comment »

  1. Yoni Alkan says:

    Was truly a wonderful day!
    I really enjoyed mudding and floating with you guys :)

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