Thursday, September 13, 2012

Floating in the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is 1,388 feet below sea level.  Now we've seen both the highest and lowest places on Earth!

The shore of Amman Beach along the Dead Sea looking across to Israel and the West Bank

When we first stepped into the water we could tell something was different because the pores and any little cuts on our arms and legs started to sting from the high salt content.  As soon as we tried to swim the real fun began.  We just floated right back up to the top!  It was really difficult to even put our feet underwater to touch the ground, and it was a test of focus to keep our legs straight beneath us because with a slight movement they would pop up either in front of or behind us.  It was fun watching other people get into the water, too, and hear them laugh as they sat down.  It seems nearly impossible to drown here and David got a kick out of the lifeguard stand - "easiest job in the world!"

"No hands, no feet!"  Sara floating in the Dead Sea.
"This is so easy!"  David floating in the Dead Sea.
Salt crystals on the shore of the Dead Sea

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