Yesterday we went on our first CLS excursion to the Dead Sea!! It is only about forty minutes outside of Amman, so we left on a bus in the morning. We arrived there in the morning before it became too hot and quickly jumped in the water.
The water was amazing; the only way I can describe it is by comparing it to being on the moon. One floats so much; it is hard to swim, because one’s body simply floats on the water! Though we had to be careful, because if you get any of the water in your mouth or eyes, it HURTS so much because of the salt.
The bottom of the water floor is lined with salt, so one can just pick up chunks of salt from the floor. We also tried skipping stones, which was so fun and easy, since the stones just bounce off the water (because of all the salt).
Next to the water were buckets of mud for people to cover themselves (free spa trip??), so we did that for a bit. I’m not sure if my skin was smooth after that from the mud or from the copious lumps of sunscreen I had applied, but either way, I’m going to pretend that the mud really helped.
Since to access a lot of the beach area, one has to go on hotel property, we were at a hotel beach and after lunch, went and cooled off in one of their many pools. We finally showered and headed home, exhausted and sunburnt. It was all around a great day!
(Also the first picture with the sign below shows where the water used to be in 2005. Clearly climate change is a huge issue!!)