Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Exploring and floating!

Today we headed to Masada, which is just barely south of the Dead Sea. 
The 1.5 hour bus ride kind of kicked my butt. Turns out, when Im not sitting at the front of the bus, where I can see the road, I get car-sick! So instead of me looking out the window at the beautiful scenery, I was holding, white-knuckled onto the seat in front of me, using every ounce of strength to fight impulse know what I mean.

But no worries, once I got off the bus, I felt 100% better! 

Masada is amazing! The history is rich and its a must-see if you are ever in Israel! It was a fortress of King Herod, then occupied by rebel Jews, then breached by get the idea! Its amazing to walk around up there (and HOT, did I mention yet that it was so hot!)

Here is a metal model of Masada, the raised part in the middle is where we were on top of, we took a cable car up.

The zig-zag line is the "Snakes Trail" that you can hike up. It was closed today, since it was "abysmally" hot. 

Peeking out from one of the "windows." 

The view from the top. You can see the Dead Sea, a far way down!  

Trying not to melt! 

We walked on a path on the side, it must have been sketchy back in the day! 

The northern palace remains. 

The western palace remains. 

And onto, the Dead Sea! It was such an amazing experience! We took the bus (yes, I was car-sick again!) and jumped right in! It was so much fun, floating there! Its impossible to drown, but because of the salt, it completely throws you off balance! It was not refreshing at all, in fact, some parts were downright hot! A very strange but great experience! 

That is not snow, its salt formations on the rocks! 

Trying not to plunge my face into the water (it BURNS the eyes!) and working on that tank top tan! 

I love this picture! Andrew has never floated before, he was so excited to finally float!
And yes, it is that deserted in this area!  

He's loving it. 

More salt rocks! So crazy! 

So that was our day! We came home exhausted, dehydrated and loving life! Its so amazing to spend time exploring this unique country! 

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