Masada and Dead Sea
Trip Start Aug 29, 2011
28Trip End Oct 02, 2011
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From there, everybody (sister, cousins, cousins' friends) got on our own private tour bus to head to Masada. On the way, we saw a lot of the dead sea, and our tour guide explained it to us. He said that in the fully natural part of the dead sea, the water level was falling. However, there is a part of the dead sea that used to be natural, but is now blocked off into pools where they pump water in from the other areas. Various industries extract minerals from these pools, and the floor of the sea in these pools is rising. As a result, the water level is rising, even though it isn't really increasing in volume. He also explained that both Jordan and Israel are working together on preserving the water in the dead sea as both of the countries benefit from it. It's nice to know that they're working together on something.
Our tour guide did a fabulous job of explaining the water channels and cisterns used by King Herod to supply the baths with water as well as the palace with drinking water. He pointed out to us the remains of the Roman army camps,
At some point, we were all getting tired. While I had been on "water duty," reminding everybody to drink water every few minutes, it was hot and sunny, and we were all ready to take the cable car to the bottom and get some ice cream.
After a quick break, our bus took us to the Crown Plaza on the Dead Sea, where we had a quick buffet lunch that was pretty decent and got into our swimsuits. We went to the Dead Sea beach that belonged to the hotel. The part of the Dead Sea that we went in was more oily and bitter
I think I slept a lot of the bus ride back, but I was still able to pass out quickly when I got to the hotel we were staying in in Be'er Sheva.