Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea

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Watermelons !  Mario had two huge ones in the trunk of his taxi so along the way we stopped to enjoy the view and get sticky. Then some one had the notion to have a watermelon seed spitting contest.  I know...not very ladylike, but it's hard to refuse a challenge like that. 

Anyhow, once we were underway, I turned into the bobbing head doll again.  We took the King's Highway from Wadi Rum to just north of Shobak (about an hour north of Petra) before going off the beaten path.  The road was pretty winding and I could get a glimpse of the Dead Sea in the far distance before it was blocked by a mountain.

Who's watermelon seed flew the fartherest ?
Then another glimpse, then mountain...Dead Sea...mountain.  Until finally we came down out of the mountain and saw the salt evaporation pans just south of the Dead Sea.  It's 67 kms (42miles) long so we still had a ways to go before reaching the Marriott Hotel on the northeast end.  Because we were getting closer to the Israeli border,  we were stopped several times along the way at security points (guards with rifles) where we had to show our passports and answer questions such as destination and length of stay.  It was actually alittle unnerving. But all went well and we finally arrived at the hotel where we once again went through a security check, had to prove that we were guests of the Marriot in Amman and even had a mirror stuck under the taxies.
The long and winding road...
  Once that was all done, we went for a little dip.

The Dead Sea lies in the Dead Sea Rift in the Great Rift Valley which runs from the mountains of Turkey to the Zambezi valley in southern Africa.  And at 420 meters below sea level, it is the lowest body of water in the world and the second saltiest (4 times saltier than the ocean), therefore not being able to sustain marine life. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't go under. It was like floating with a lifevest (or bcd) on.  And of course, had to cover my body in mud.  It felt very slimey.  But once it was washed off, my skin felt incredibly clean.  No wonder Cleopatra came here for her beauty treatments.  And the water left a film over my body, almost like second skin.  Really weird.  

At the end of the day, it was an early dinner at a family owned fish restaurant that Mario knew about just north of the hotel and along the fence defining the border with Israel.

the first glimpse of the Dead Sea.
In the distance we could see guard towers and were told that they shoot before asking questions so don't go anywhere near the fence.  OK, dídn't need to hear that twice.  We also saw someone blowing up who knows what.  Despite a certain twinge of anxiety, the locals made us feel at home and dinner was pretty good.  Then back to Amman for a short night before heading home.  Despite all the hours in the taxi, I really enjoyed the trip and hope to do it again in the future before the Dead Sea evaporates (in 2007 the level dropped 1 metre).

 

 

 

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Whos watermelon seed flew the far…
Who's watermelon seed flew the fa…
The long and winding road...
The long and winding road...
the first glimpse of the Dead Sea.
the first glimpse of the Dead Sea.
the river below lined with lush gr…
the river below lined with lush g…
salt evaporation pans on the south…
salt evaporation pans on the sout…
the coastline
the coastline
poolside at the Jordan Valley Marr…
poolside at the Jordan Valley Mar…
The mud crew
The mud crew
you can be what you want to
and a…
you can be what you want to and …
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and don't forget to wash behind y…
look...were flying !
look...we're flying !
relax.
relax.
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eternity pool flowing over into t…
along the border of Israel.
along the border of Israel.
feeding the fish...
feeding the fish...
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