Monday, February 13, 2012

Day 137: The Dead Sea, the West Bank

Desert pleasantries...how to fit them all in one blog? Amid covered farmland, smelling sweetly of hidden herbs and vegetables, I never would have guessed that 'sawadie-kaa' would be a useful greeting in Israel, but it's been mostly Thai field workers who supply me with requested drinking water. It's a small world, after all.

Friendliness and openness, warmth and hospitality; Israel is good pilgrimland. Two winters ago, I read whatever I could about the great Greek philosophers as I approached Delphi; now I'm strolling through Old Testament territory, and though much of it recounts wars and general violence, some of it is very intriguing being in the presence of history... I climbed high and licked the skirts of Lot's wife! Salty, no surprise. She was a big woman. Sodom's not much to write about. Gomorrah's gone, too...

After twisting my ankle on some rough terrain, I thought how good it would feel to soak in a salt bath... Doh! the Dead Sea served the purpose well, though any pilgrim will have scrapes and scratches...oooh how the salt stings! As the air is thin in mile high in Denver, it's thick a quarter mile deep, which is the current elevation of the salty surface. Breathin's been easy.

Partying with diverse groups every evening... The only challenge is the heat - high 20s/low 30s - which requires high water consumption, which adds kilos of weight to my pack. A side benefit to the Dead Sea is the protective shield of the evaporative layer... No sunburn!!!

Off to the Sea of Galilee next...

6 comments:

OHMV said...

Congratulation! Perhaps you can walk on the water on the Sea of Gallilee like Jesus did! At least you can get your feet wet! You will love this oasis!

Amy R said...

Lovely to hear how great it is there!

ksam said...

Like that tidbit about the evaporative layer!! Sounds like things really are great in the promised land!

Dans un village français said...

I hope this part of your pilgrimage makes up for the disappointments you have had in other sections of this pilgrimage. Bueno Camino!

Michèle (Ottawa, ON) Canada

Sheila Phelan Wright said...

Ah yes, She's the salt of the earth.Sounds as if you have found yourself in friendly pilgrim territory for a while. Good news.

Juan María said...

Hola Ann!
Impresionante lo que estás a punto de realizar, bueno tu sueño ya lo has realizado,en un sólo camino has caminado tres,Santiago,Roma y Jerusalen.
Congratulation!