Israel 2014 Day 6: The Dead Sea
We had a nice late start this morning, after making some french toast ("pancake toast" -- I guess, technically, that's what it is!). We all had a tasty breakfast together and then got directions towards Ein Bokek, a small resort town alongside the Dead Sea. We decided to take the Highway 6 toll road, which was supposed to be a bit faster, easier and with less traffic. Let's roll!
|WOW, it's gonna be hot today|
First stop was a gas station, where we got a tasty cheese sandwich, a chocolate milk, and a crazy epic Chocolate Babka MUFFIN. Um, yes.
|Stopping for some fun food at a gas station|
|Chocolate Milk in a bag!|
|To the Dead Sea!|
|Towns in the middle of the desert|
|At Sea Level...|
|-100 BELOW Sea Level!|
|Arriving in Ein Bokek|
The drive to the beach was only a few minutes, and we dropped our stuff and went straight into the sea. It was such a weird and funny feeling. Due to the mineral content of the water, you just need to lean back in the water and your legs fly up! It's hilarious. As you can see, I had a great time:
So, that rocked. :) I "swam" for a while, though I had so much trouble trying to turn myself right side up. Trying to swim on your stomach is a similar feeling to swimming in a pool while wearing a big inner-tube around your waist. Your buoyancy is totally different than what you've ever experienced before in a lake or a swimming pool, it was just so funny and weird. I practiced for a while to see if I could sit upwards... and managed to get the hang of it eventually. Once righting myself to a straight vertical position again, I tried doing a pike up and down -- that was hilarious too. You only go a short distance, and then you bounce/bob up and down! Your legs also make a funny sound when they surface quickly when sitting down.
|Floating in the Dead Sea!|
|Wide view of our hotel's beach area on the Dead Sea|
|Go in Peace|
I had a fresh-water shower after being in the Dead Sea, and I thought that maybe they messed something up and the water coming out of the shower was being pumped in from the Dead Sea itself, because it seemed so salty... Nope! It was actually fresh water, but I just had so much salt on my face that it felt like the water was salty! Crazy.
|Hertz Rent a Car, 400 ft below sea level|
|Michal excited about the chocolate milk in a bag|
|They're even out here in Ein Bokek|
|Excited for dinner at Aroma|
|Our cool hotel deck|