DAY 7 DRIVING ALONG THE JORDAN RIVER TO THE DEAD SEA!!

FROM AQABA HEADING NORTH ON HWY 65 IT IS APPROXIMATELY THREE HOURS TO THE RESORT AREA OF THE DEAD SEA.   ALONG THIS HIGHWAY ARE SEVERAL CHECK POINTS AND GUARD POSTS POSITIONS IN THE DESERT ON EACH SIDE OF THE HWY (ROAD).  THE HWY RUNS PARALLEL WITH THE ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES BORDER JUST ACROSS THE SHORT DESERT WHICH IS BRIEFLY SEPARATED BY THE NARROW JORDAN RIVER.   LUCKILY WITH MY TRUSTED BEDOUIN DRIVER AMYN WE QUICKLY PASSED THROUGH ALL FIVE CHECK POINTS SINCE AMYN KNOWS MANY OF THE MILITARY GUARDS POSTED THERE.    THE HWY IS AGAIN DESERT DUNES AND SAND ON EACH SIDE AND THEN AS ONE PROGRESSES NORTH BECOMES SLIGHTLY MORE FERTILE.  YOU BEGIN TO SEE SOME GROVES OF DATE PALMS AND PEOPLE SELLING TOMATOES ALONG SIDE OF THE ROAD OR WHATEVER CROP HAPPENS TO BE IN SEASON.  THE AIR IS DRY AND BALMY APPROXIMATELY 25CELSIUS EVEN SLIGHTLY WARMER THAN AQABA.    AS WE APPROACHED THE DEAD SEA THE TERRAIN CHANGED TO MORE MOUNTAINOUS RUGGED COASTLINE WHERE WE STOPPED ALONG THE WAY TO TAKE PHOTOS.  FROM THE HIGH CLIFF WHERE THE ROAD HUGS YOU CAN SEE THE HEAVY SALT FORMATION AT THE BASE AND THE VARIOUS LINES WHERE THE WATER LINE ONCE WAS AT VARIOUS POINTS OF HISTORY AND CIVILIZATION.

THE DEAD SEA IS THE LOWEST POINT ON EARTH AT 408 M BELOW SEA LEVEL WITH A DEPTH OF MORE THAN 390M.  YOU CANNOT SWIM IN THE DEAD SEA YOU MUST FLOAT THIS IS DUE TO THE HIGH LEVEL OF SALT CONTENT APPROXIMATELY 31%.   THE CONCENTRATION OF SALT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SEA LEVEL HOWEVER IT IS DUE TO THE HIGH EVAPORATION RATE.   DO NOT SHAVE BEFORE YOU ENTER THE WATER!  YOU WILL DISCOVER CUTS AND SCRAPES YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD AND IF PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IF YOU THE WATER GETS IN YOUR EYES YOU WILL HAVE A FEW MOMENTS OF AGONY!

THE WATER IS KNOWN FOR ITS MEDICINAL QUALITIES AND HIGH LEVEL OF MINERALS.   THE THING TO DO HERE IS TO STAY A FEW DAYS AT ONE OF THE LUXURY RESORTS: I CHOSE THE KEMPINSKI ISHTAR RESORT WHICH HAS A PRIME LOCATION AND OFFERS NOT ONLY A FANTASTIC SPA, BEACH, VARIOUS SWIMMING POOLS, RESTAURANTS, ETC BUT A PATHWAY TO THE SEA WITH AN ASSISTANT THERE TO SPREAD FRESH MUD ON VARIOUS PARTS OF YOUR BODY.

THE MUD TOGETHER WITH THE SALTED SEA WATER ACTS AS A FACIAL TREATMENT FOR YOUR ENTIRE BODY!   TRY IT; ITS UNIQUE AND A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE NOT TO MENTION THE NATURAL BEAUTY AND HISTORY OF THIS SPECIAL LAND!

NOTE:  THIS TRIP WAS PLANNED BY TRAVEL AND TOURISM EXPERT AND FELLOW BLOGGER CARLOS MELIA OF CM BY CARLOS MELIA:WWW.CARLOSMELIABLOG.COM AND WWW.CARLOSMELIA.COM

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1 Response to DAY 7 DRIVING ALONG THE JORDAN RIVER TO THE DEAD SEA!!

  1. Marylou Festa says:

    Hi Michael, I’m so glad Theresa told me about your Jordan Blog, I’m printing it out to show some friends. Any subject on the Holy Land is of interest to me.

    Keep up the exquisite writing.
    Fondly,
    Marylou Festa

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