My Israel trip has been so jam packed with new experiences that I haven’t been able to write the last couple days, but it’s all been a dream trip. Yesterday, we swam, or more like bobbed, in the Dead Sea. Although I’ve done it before in Jordan, it didn’t lose it’s cool factor. I’ll share more when I return home, but I wanted to give you a quick glimpse of what it’s like to float in the Dead Sea in Israel.
I’m traveling with 13 people all with different interests and backgrounds. Sometimes it’s difficult to coordinate in such a large group. Everyone has a different eye for what they want to capture from Israel. The one experience that we all enjoyed equally, though, was floating in the Dead Sea. We smeared the mud all over our bodies and sat back into the water. Bobbing there is such a funny, unique experience. It requires no effort, except maybe stomach muscles if you’re half sitting up.
When I’m in the water, I can’t help but act like a kid. It brings me such joy and I like to think that it’s infectious. Everyone around me was smiling.
We tried several techniques during the swim like doggy paddle forward, side stroke, and sitting up while moving our legs. Regardless of the technique, it was hilarious. We played like children in the water and an hour flew by in the blink of an eye.
Once the salt got on the GoPro, it was difficult to capture video or photos. It quickly dried into a salty film that was impossible to get off while in the water. I even considered licking the screen to get it off but resolved that it wasn’t worth the nasty taste in my mouth. It’s a fun experience until you get salt in your mouth or eyes than you will quietly, or maybe not, curse everyone around you while waiting for your eye to fall out. (Not really, but it feels like a possibility when it gets in there good.)
Playing in the Dead Sea coupled with a few hours at Masada made this day my favorite one in Israel. Just wait until you see the views.