|I remember reading about the Dead Sea when I was in school. I even remember coloring in the Dead Sea with blue pencil crayon. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to actually be here!
Rumor is the Dead Sea mud/salt has healing properties. Five star hotels dot the shoreline. Tourists arrive for extended periods of time and local Jordanians book in for a day at a time. Most of them actually spend their time in the hotel pools with short dips Into the Sea.
The path to the water was rocky and made it difficult to enter. The salt was strong and they recommended to keep your eyes out of the water and to flush your eyes if they made contact with the water. Although the saline content is so high nothing lives in the Dead Sea the water was clear and it sad really easy to see to the bottom.
I loved floating in the Dead Sea. Usually I sink to the bottom of a pool but in the highly salt content I was able to float on my back with arms and legs extended. A quick rub with the mud and a wash off was enough for me.
I actually saw one fellow laying on his side with his arm bent and supporting his head. The old Burt Reynolds pose - any woman my age will remember what I am talking about- remember back to the early 70's.
At night we were able to look across the Dead Sea and see the lights of Jerusalem, Israel. Israel is on the other side of the Dead Sea and only about an hour and twenty minute drive from Amman.
Enroute to the Dead Sea we also visited a Greek Orthodox Church in Madabathat has the mosaic of the middle east on the floor of the church, and Mt. Nebo the sight where Moses stood with Jesus and looked at Israel. Mt. Nebo also is the sight of the Serpentine Cross.