From Ein Gedi, we continued further south towards our hotel for the night.
The Dead Sea is shrinking, due to both Israel and Jordan taking water from further up-stream, and is now divided into two parts, joined only by a small man-made canal.
I was a little disappointed when we first approached our hotel, because it is very much a holiday resort (and a little bit under construction). But the view from our room was fabulous.
We hurried to change and get down to the beach.
Most seas are between 3% and 4% salty. The Dead Sea is 37% salty. We were warned against having open cuts and grazes and so forth, but they only stung for about a second. But after you’ve been in the sea for maybe ten or fifteen minutes, it starts really stinging all over.
It was still really fun, though.
Here I am, in pin drop position, my feet about a metre from the bottom. I asked one of the others to try to shove me in and we couldn’t get my shoulders under. At all.
I much preferred this standing up thing to the back- or front-floating others, but here’s a quick one of me in the classic “Dead Sea” position.