No trip to Jordan would be complete without a visit to the Dead Sea………and after six days of riding a horse through the Wadi Rum and making my bed on its sandy floor, my muscles were deeply anticipating a nice bath in it’s therapeutic waters. Leaving behind the dry arid desert of the Wadi Rum, we arrived to an equally barren and remote landscape, as inhospitable as the water of the Dead Sea.
The fingers of myth and lore stretched far from The Hidden City of Petra…….here on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea stands the Pillar of Salt known as Lot’s Wife. In Biblical times the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomarrah were destroyed by God with “sulphur and fire”……..Lot and his family were told to flee the land and never look back, however curiosity got the better of Lot’s Wife and she gazed back upon the destruction. For her disobedience she was turned into a pillar of salt.
The intense blue waters of the Dead Sea itself shimmered like a mirror beneath the cloudless azure blue sky, both seeming to melt into one another under the watchful gaze of the golden, yellow sun. Once checked into the Dead Sea Spa Hotel it was time to put the theory to test……could I really read a newspaper whilst bobbing languishly in the waters?
The healing properties of the Dead Sea minerals and salts draw many a tourist to its shores, and it was quite overwhelming to see so many people after being in virtual isolation in the depths of Wadi Rum. The high sulphur content of the sticky black mud enriched the air with its distinct aroma and the high salt concentration of the water made me very aware of the many cuts and scratches I’d endured in the desert……….but what an amazing feeling to float so effortlessly, so buoyantly, almost akin to a feather dancing in the wind. And there I stayed floating aimlessly, adrift to the world until every last speck of desert dust had been cleansed from my skin, fresh and clean to continue on my Jordanian journey.
Author: Janine Whyte (Indiananeeners Globetrotting Cowgirl.)