Tuesday, June 09, 2009

day 4 - dead sea

Today was a light walking day. We walked two miles to the bus station
where we hopped on the 486 which too us to Masada, this fortress atop
a mesa where the Jews resisted the Romans many years ago. For a "must
see" attraction, I thought there was more left of the structures to
see, but it was interesting to see how formidable this fortress was.

Afterwards, we hopped on another bus that took us to Ein Gedi Beach on
the Dead Sea. Based on the pictures I had seen I expected obnoxious
crowds, so I was pleasantly surprised that there were only about 20
people there. It's not the nicest beach, but the attraction is the
water, not the beach itself. I have to say that it was a pretty neat
experience. The water is so salty that it was tough trying to stand or
sit in the water. Even my legs floated! I also managed to take some
near pics from the water. (-; The only downside is that the water
itself can be gross. It tastes awful, and when it dries it leaves some
sticky residue everywhere. My cameras, my bags, and my clothes are now
gross. Still, it has definitely been the highlight of the trip so far.

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