Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dead Sea Hotel 2115

I'm at a beautiful hotel on the beautiful Dead Sea. It doesn't have the most inviting name, but it's a huge blue lake in the middle of all those desert colors, with a few date palms here & there. I saw a few sights on the way and floated in the lake a couple of times, and I'm pretty sure I'll go back in the water from time to time.

You don't swim in the Dead Sea. You can try, but it's not going to happen. You float in the Dead Sea, like it or not. You can't sink even if you want to. It would take a very strong swimmer to force yourself underwater. Everything about it is different. With all the salt & minerals, the water doesn't really feel like water. At least not the kind of clean lake water I'm used to.

One of the benefits of being so low below sea level is that it's hard to get sunburned. That's great news for people like me. I can float all day in the Dead Sea and the minerals will actually help my skin. If I swam all day in Lake Superior, I'd come our redder than the salmon.

The biggest and most important detour on the way to the Dead Sea is Masada, Herod's hilltop city where 960 Israeli civilians held off 15,000 Roman soldiers almost 2,000 years ago. The Romans eventually took the city, but they never captured any Israelis. Masada is almost like the Alamo, but with spectacular views of the Dead Sea. Kind of like this:


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