Date of Visit: 21/12/2006
I knew that the Dead Sea was the lowest point on earth, about 400 meters (1,312 ft.) below the sea level. This vast, stretch of water receives a number of incoming rivers, including the River Jordan.
Once the waters reach the Dead Sea they are land-locked and have nowhere to go, so they evaporate, leaving behind a dense, rich, cocktail of salts and minerals that supply industry, agriculture and medicine with some of its finest products. Because of its extremely high content of salt and other minerals, the Dead Sea is devoid of plant and animal life. This information is available in all geography books and so I did not question its credibility.
But I was always skeptical when I read that people who did not know swimming could float on the Dead Sea. My husband is a non-swimmer and this was a golden opportunity to test the adage.
Though it may sound unbelievable, all the photographs of people reading newspapers while floating on the Dead Sea are real and I am forced to say that I have experienced it and ‘seen it with my own eyes’ (Please forgive the redundancy).
I think God decided to punish me for disbelieving his creation. My skin burned for hours after I got out of the water and my hair felt as if I had put crude oil on it. If I may say so, the sea looks very eerie and a little scary. On the other side, we could see a hazy outline of Jerusalem through the mist.
Someday I plan to visit the city of Jerusalem. It is on my bucket list…