Saturday, March 6, 2010

down down down to the dead sea again

Every year we have a trip to paddle on the Dead Sea. In fact the Hebrew name is the Sea of Salt, and not the Dead Sea. This year was no exception, yesterday we made our way down below sea level, about 400m below, to Mineral beach, and set off for an easy paddle on the salty oily water.

The salt crystals on the shores are reminiscent of snow and ice and the mud shores have very interesting patterns.

The mud is supposed to have health benefits and many people smear it all over their bodies. We didn`t, just paddled north for a while, tried to enter one or two of the small channels that connect the sea to the small water filled sinkholes,

had a great gourmet picnic

and then paddled back to our starting point and home again. This year the group was made up almost entirely of new paddlers. Great stuff guys. Hadas made a video of the trip.

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