Continuing our fourth day in Israel, we said goodbye to Kibbutz Haon Guest House on the Sea o Galilee, saw the traditional site on the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized, then drove to Masada and from there to the Dead Sea. Did you know that the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth? I don’t know exactly what the implications of that are except that I’ve been there and it sound pretty cool to say I’ve been to the lowest place on earth. Ha ha!
We arrived to an area like a public park where you have to pay to get in. Just past the entrance was the changing rooms. I was still feeling a little jittery about taking off by myself from the panic attack earlier that day, but I headed to the dressing room alone. I entered the room and that’s what it was, a room. Women were stripping in front of me. This was not normal for me! There was absolutely positively no way I was changing out in the open. I spotted a bathroom stall open and ran for it. I may or may not have held up the bathroom line changing in the stall, but I hurried as much as I could. Whew.
I really dislike wearing a swim suit in front of people I know anyway. Strangers I don’t care, but not people I know. I’m not sure why exactly. If this hadn’t been a one of a kind experience, I wouldn’t have done it, but alas there I went.
Floating in the Dead Sea is all about the experience versus a sight to see. We were rushed through this. I wish we had had more time to just relax and enjoy it. I think the entire tour had an hour from the time we got there till time to be back on the bus. Was it really worth it? I was SO cool!
I mean you know you’re going to float. You’re told you’ll float. But to experience that feeling being in the water and absolutely not being able to go under is just amazing. It was actually very hard to swim in it and you don’t dare try to float on your belly because your head is forced down face first that way and you can’t hold it up very well.
Walking into the Dead Sea is very squishy. Your feet sink in the mud and you feel like you’re going to fall. Walking out in it is next to impossible. Just sit down and float as soon as you can even though it’s shallow.
The mud is supposed to be very good for your skin. People all over were covering themselves with it like our photo bomber back there.
Well since there wasn’t much time we dipped in, floated a few minutes and then went back to face the changing rooms again. Jason liked it so much he stayed till the very end and walked back onto the bus last.
I didn’t know how I would like this experience, but seriously if you ever have the opportunity go float in the Dead Sea!