|Our hikers getting ready to go|
|OK, I didn't take this picture but it's a good one.|
It was quite a hike and after lunch at the food court at Masada, yes it has a food court, we went on the Dead Sea. At the Ein Gedi Spa we were able to relax, play in the mud, rinse off with healing sulfur water and then bath in the Dead Sea. Everyone floated as the Dead Sea is 34% salt. It was sad to see that Dead Sea is much smaller than when I last saw it just 7 years ago. There has been a drought in Israel for the past few years and although this year they have had lots of rain, due to the drought the Dead Sea is shrinking at the rate of 3 meters a year. We had to take a trolley to the sea from the Spa.
Dead Sea pictures are always fun. More from our last day of touring later today.