Pastor Dave's Thoughts. . .
While the next trip to Israel is still over ten months away, it seems appropriate to begin sharing weekly travel tips (in no particular order).
Dead Sea Swimming Tips:
Do not shave on the day you are planning to swim in the Dead Sea. It really burns.
Do not actually swim in the Dead Sea. Wade or float.
Do not get water from the Dead Sea in your eyes. It really burns.
Do not get water from the Dead Sea in your mouth. It tastes really, really bad.
Do not splash excessively, unless you desire to verify the previous statements about what happens when you get water in your eyes or mouth.
Do not stay in the water longer than 20 minutes. You will become dehydrated.
Do wade or float out far enough that you cannot touch the bottom. Experience floating in an upright position. Unusual and unforgettable.
Do wear flip flops or water shoes. The beach may be particularly rocky and painful to tender feet.
Do cover yourself with Dead Sea mud and have someone take your picture. It will be great for remembering and sharing your experience.
Do drink plenty of water after spending time in the Dead Sea.
Do follow the instructions you are given, and have a great experience.
Resist the temptation to say 'no' to this experience. Put on a swimming suit and get in there. You will never forget it.