Ein Gedi, Israel – When Sean mentioned to one of his coworkers at the embassy that we wanted to see the Dead Sea he offered to take us one a hike. We both though this would be an amazing way to explore the area around the Dead Sea so we jumped at the chance.
At 6:00 am on Saturday morning we hopped in a car and headed off to Ein Gedi to start our hike at 8:00am. The weather report said it was going to be 90 degrees that day so we lathered ourselves in sunscreen and loaded our bags with water and started our trek.
The 8.5 mile hike took us about 4 hours and the sites along the way were unbelievable. The hike was difficult and by the end the temperatures reached 105 F. By the end, we both suffered a bit from heat exhaustion/stroke but even so it was worth it. Once we finished the hike we headed down to area a public beach where we
swam floated in the Dead Sea.
A few photos 🙂
By the time we made it to the bottom of the mountain I was dealing with some serious heat stroke but was determined to swim in the Dead Sea. We drove to a public beach and went for a dip. The water was warm and smelt strongly of sulfur. There were many people there who were swimming in the Sea to heal aliments and others just enjoying the water.
We were warned not to shave for 3 or more days before because any open wound or shaving will burn when entering the Sea that is 29% salt (oceans have 4%). We ran in and spent a lovely afternoon.
On the way to the beach, we passed by Masada but did not go up to the village. This just goes to show that even though we did so much in Israel there is so much more to experience. We will defiantly be back.