Feeling Alive in the Dead Sea
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Having a mud bath then soaking in the Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world getting its name from its high salinity which creates an environment too harsh for sea creatures to survive. At 422 meters below sea level, the shores have the honour of being the lowest dry land point on Earth. The low content of pollens and other allergens combined with the mineral content of the water helps people suffering from diseases such as cystic fibrosis and psoriasis.
The Jordan side of the Dead Sea is virtually undeveloped showcasing the beauty of this natural wonder
The feeling of floating weightlessly in water is surreal. No matter how hard I tried, I could not sink. How convenient is that? I even sat back and read a magazine!
Due to drought and water shortages, the Dead Sea is slowly drying up as water from the Jordan River continues to be diverted for irrigation purposes. It has been dropping at an alarming rate of 3 feet per year. Thankfully Jordan, Israel and Palestine have been working together to find a solution so that this treasure may be enjoyed by future generations.
Visiting the place where Jesus was baptised
Next I visited the nearby site believed to be the biblical Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan where John the Baptist lived and baptized Jesus
Showering under a waterfall in Ma'im Hot springs
Later I drove to the springs where the biblical King Herod once soaked. Numerous waterfalls and pools filled with warm water invited guests to relax and enjoy. I walked over to a large waterfall, sat in the grotto behind it and marvelled at the boiling hot water flowing out of the mountain before taking a shower under the warm waterfall.
Wow! I have never felt more alive than I did at the Dead Sea. I can't wait to go back!
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