Yesterday, on the 16th of May, the team and I traveled to the lowest and deadest place on earth. Around 9am, we boarded a tour bus, sixteen loud and excited college students, and drove towards the Dead Sea. I think for most people, the Dead Sea is one of those natural oddities. Without experiencing it, you fail to really get it.
The Dead Sea is very much dead (except for a small amoeba-like bacteria recently discovered). About 29% of the body of water is salt, an unlivable environment for any aquatic or bacterial organism. During the heat of the day, the surrounding desert stands testament to the barrenness of the sea. Furthermore, it lies 1300ft below sea level, the lowest and driest place to be visited and inhabited by man. It is hot, stony, and dead.
Driving beside the sea on roads built into cliffs and overlooking sinkholes and the reflected yellows of the sun on the water, there is a sense of massiveness. On the other side of the sea is Jordan. On the other side of the road
is desert. That desert contains the once mighty fortress of Masada, the waterfalls of Ein Gedi, and groves of palms. The Dead Sea is dead, but there is a rich history and life surrounding it.
These reasons, however, fall short of the actual experience of floating in the Dead Sea. It is effortless and fluid. Though dead, it made me happy.
Keep on keeping on,
P.S. Don’t get the water in your eyes. P.P.S. Cover your body with the mud.