Floating in a Killer Sea!

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Shore of the Dead Sea

We left and stopped just down the street at the spa that was by the sea. It offered indoor and outdoor pools, massages, Jacuzzi, saunas, mud baths, and even a little train that takes you to the beach front.


Rob and several others had forgotten their flip flops so, they had to spend 45 shekels and an additional 15 shekels on a towel. The flip flops are essential due to the large, sharp salt crystals that form the sea floor.


The train was just leaving as we approached the road so, we walked to the beach. It was only a 10 minute walk and was interesting even though it was cross a desert like plain, where the sea once covered the land.


The shore was covered with white crystals of salt, large and pointed. The salt was hard and crusty not soft like sand. There were some who where covering themselves with the mineral rich mud….then walking into the water to wash it off.

A little mud mask
We put our towels and backpack in one of the plastic chairs (there were many spread about along the beach). There were two shelters 40 or 50 feet from the shore……no clue as to the purpose??? People were floating like little corks.


Here’s some info: what you'll see on the shores of the Sea is white, crystals of salt covering EVERYTHING. And this is no ordinary table salt, either. The salts found in the Dead Sea are mineral salts, just like you find in the oceans of the world, only in extreme concentrations. The tectonic rift that created the Dead Sea is continuing to spread apart…..and sink. It is sinking at a rate of 13 inches a year which is incredibly fast.


The Dead Sea was a refuge for King David and the site of the world’s first health resort for Herod the Great.

Life guard


With only a few clouds in the sky, the clear water and the mountains, in the distance, made for quite a scene.


The water was warm (not WARM) and quite comfortable to relax and float around in. It was amazing to be floating there…actually in the Dead Sea and Jordan on the other shore. What an experience….soon it was time to leave.


 We packed up and headed back down the path to the spa. There was a   beautiful white fluffy dog at the lifeguard station….

Moon over Jordan
.smiling and wagging his tail.


We headed back through the shower area to the changing room. I had to shower as I felt as though I had a coat of oil on my skin….gross, gross, gross! Also, I had made the mistake of kneeling down in the shallows and my knees were very red and felt as they were burning. In the changing room, we could hear our “military leader” announcing to the whole spa that they were leaving. We knew this was not possible as there were many of our group in the changing room and also several that had not even made it that far. We hurried, anyway, and made our way quickly to the bus.


As we suspected, there were many people missing as we boarded the bus but, soon we were all on board and on our way. It was a quick trip but, something that I will always remember.


The sun was starting to set as we drove north along the shore. The palms, the water, and a few wispy clouds created a picture perfect last memory of the strange and amazing place.


About 30 minutes or so passed as we drove along the sea. Soon, I was able to make out a rising moon over the mountains of Jordan. It was an incredible sight. An artist couldn’t paint a more perfect landscape. The silhouettes of many mountains, a shimmer of water, and a warm shadowing reflected off the clouds and a pink glow covered the moon…..WOW! The moon crept higher as the light lessened and continued our journey north.

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Posted on: Sep 19, 2010
Sweetski says:
Floating in the dead sea sure is a different experience from those floating tanks at your local wellness centre :)
Posted on: Jan 27, 2010
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Shore of the Dead Sea
Shore of the Dead Sea
A little mud mask
A little mud mask
Life guard
Life guard
Moon over Jordan
Moon over Jordan
Dead Sea
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