Day nine

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We are back in Israel to spend the night in Eilat….we are on the coast of the Red Sea… This afternoon we will board the bus for the Dead Sea…. And then on to Tel Aviv for our flight home!

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20120122-065120.jpgSome in our group decided to swim in the waters of the Dead Sea. Many tourists come to this area for the restorative properties of the salt And minerals in the water. One cannot stay in the water for more than a few minutes because of the overwhelming mineral content, but is fun to float without even trying! As you can see, the bottom is filled with salt crystals that are jagged like rocks, so one prefers floating to walking! It is thought by many that the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24-26) were probably near the Dead Sea because of the story of Lot and his wife in the Bible, but no evidence of either city has ever been found under the huge salt hills that surround parts of the Dead Sea.

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