The famous Dead Sea located in the Jordan Rift Valley, is one of the most fascinating places I have ever been and on the list of some of the best places to visit in Israel. It is the lowest land point on earth, measuring at 1407 ft. (429 m) below sea level and it is shared between the countries of Jordan and Israel.
The water smells of sulfur and feels extremely weird on your skin. Imagine, completely submerging yourself in a tub full of baby oil, now you have just experienced the Dead Sea. Literally, you cannot drown unless forced against your will. This is due to the extremely high concentration of mineral salts in the water. The density of the water is a lot higher than fresh water, so when you start “swimming” you’re actually floating.
The water is so salty that when you get it in your eyes, it is no laughing matter. The first time I went into the water is a memory I will never forget. I was all excited and I carefully stepped into the water to a distance I felt comfortable with. Stretching my toes up to the sky and I floated away as if I were relaxing in my favorite living room recliner. I was thinking “I could get used to this,” but then I accidentally splashed too hard and sure enough, baby oil straight in my face. Feeling like my eyes just kissed the sun, I blindly staggered and stumbled my way to the shore line. Finding the nearest shower, I squeezed the chain like there was no tomorrow and extinguished the salty fire blazing in my eyeballs.
Thankfully, the beaches have showers down by the shore and praise Yahweh for that. It would’ve been a terrible scene to see a half blinded guy tearing up like a baby, trying to make his way to the next shower over 500 ft. away. Lesson learned, don’t splash in the Dead Sea.
Most of the beaches along the Dead Sea provide an area where you can lather your body up with the famous mud skin treatment. After cleaning my eyes out and getting back to my senses, I decided to try these mud pits. I covered my whole body with the slimy, wet dirt and started to feel a burning sensation. My skin felt amazing after washing it off and it gave me an overwhelming feeling of cleanliness. There’s a reason why scientists and physicians recommend this type of therapeutic treatment for patients undergoing various health problems. In fact, Israeli companies alone generate 3 Billion dollars a year from the sales of the Dead Sea minerals and products derived from them.
Sadly, the Dead Sea is drying up at an alarming rate, due to the water treaty between the two countries and the re-routing of the Jordan River into the country of Jordan instead of the Dead Sea. Local authorities are working on a plan to save the Dead Sea by channeling water from the Red Sea just south of there. But, if all these efforts fail, the Dead Sea may be the thing of the past and be truly dead in the near future.
So, if you ever get the opportunity to visit the Middle East, don’t pass up on this truly amazing, once in a life time, adventure before it’s too late.
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