03 February 2009

It's definitely dead!

(above) My son, Nathan, with me on the shore of the Dead Sea
(below) Encrusted rocks at the shore
The Dead Sea gives new meaning to the word "dead." We stopped by on our way back to Jerusalem after visiting Masada. There's nothing in that water. No fish. No plants. Nothing. Even the air feels heavy (probably because it's about 1,300 feet below sea level), although there is a strange beauty when the mineral salts crust over the rocks around the edge of the water.

A nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.