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Okay, getting ahead of myself. I took a day trip to see the Masada and go to the Dead Sea. It started out a bit rocky when the tour company gave me the wrong pickup point. I had a bad feeling as I stood and waited. The lady at the desk of the hotel where I was waiting was kind enough to call, especially when she said they don’t ever pick up there. Sure enough, it was somewhere else. So I had to make a beeline for another hotel and made it just in time.
We rode through the desert and the Western Territories to below sea level, passing bedouin communities (an oxymoron?), camels, and lots of sand. The first stop was the Ein Gedi Spa. No, first stop was a cosmetic company where we had to get the spiel on all the facial products from the Dead Sea area. Then it was on to Ein Gedi. A few people had booked the day there so we dropped them off. We would return later in the day for the rest of us to have a swim in the Dead Sea, later than expected but that piece of the story is yet to come. But this area is truly an oasis in the desert. Natural springs allow for palm trees and vegetation – a patch of land surrounded by hot desert.
After lunch, it would be on to the Dead Sea. With one hitch. One of the members of the group was staying at the kibbutz nearby. As we dropped him off, the bus got a flat tire. Fortunately, a couple of the guys on the tour put on the spare and we were on our way.
Floating in the Dead Sea will go to the top of one of the coolest experiences on the trip. The sea looks like glass from a distance. It is so calm and the reflection of the mountains from the Jordan side of the river is like a mirror. The water is highly concentrated in salt an minerals, so you just float on the water. It’s a big greasy from all the minerals and it’s a stone beach, which is not the most comfortable. A couple of people got water in their eyes, which stings something awful, and had to have them flushed out in the showers nearby. But you walk out a bit until you are about waist high in the water and just sit. The next thing you know you are floating. It’s a strange sensation, but a good one.
Now about that mud. At the bottom of the sea, especially in the shallow areas, is mud. You spread this all over your body and keep it on for awhile. When you wash it off, you’ve never felt your skin so smooth as this. Oh, there are no pictures of me doing this. On purpose. But I did do it. Honestly.