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.
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.