Down and Dirty on the Dead Sea

Jordan Gibson 020 We concluded our time in Jordan with a couple of relaxing days on the Dead Sea.  There’s not a lot to do here, other than float in the Dead Sea, cover yourself in mud, and have fun.  We probably could have spent more time investigating some of the historical artifacts and significance of this region, but “hanging out” won out.  But that made for a great two days.

Jordan Gibson 025 The Dead Sea is seven times saltier than normal seawater.  You can’t sink in the Dead Sea, no matter how hard you try.  But don’t get any seawater in your eyes or mouth, or you’re in big trouble.  One ritual of Dead Sea visitors is to cake themselves in resident mud, let it bake in the sun, and then jump into the Dead Sea to wash off the mud.  We couldn’t pass on this activity, although none of us experienced a magical transformation in skin properties.  And this process did have added educational benefits, as the barrage of mud gave each of us a chance to relate to what any politician running against the Clintons must feel like.

Wadi Rum 297 So much for Jordan, one of the real surprises of our trip.  We don’t have many Dead Sea photos, but feel free to check them out.

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