Friday, July 09, 2010
A Biblical Scholar's First Impressions of Israel V: The Dead Sea
We managed without a car while we were in Tel Aviv but hired one for the second half of the trip, and this visit to the Dead Sea marked the mid-point. We drove from Tel Aviv to the south west part of the Dead Sea, and found the drive a lot of fun -- lots of proper deserty landscapes, and the chance to do some camel-spotting. As you approach the Dead Sea, there are signs indicating that you are getting lower and lower, and then however-many metres below see level.
There are several big resort style hotels in the Ein Bokek area. Ours was huge, with a couple of pools, and buffet-style breakfasts and dinners on an industrial scale. The hotel had its own beach area and doing the floating thing is a lot of fun. The water is really warm, bath-water temperature, and the salt is everywhere, like sand where it is shallow, and then like rocks when it's a little deeper, so much so that I cut myself on it when I went out.
The advantage of staying at the Dead Sea is also the location, close to Masada, which is where we went next.