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Date: Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Trip Distance: 20.0
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It was a really fun Friday and Saturday. I started by killing some time in
Arad, found a cozy chair and place to charge my phone in a mall and even
had Pizza Hut! I've only had McDonald's once so I figured I deserved some
American loving. It was actually pretty decent here. Not that it's amazing
in the US but usually other countries change American fast food and make it
even worse I've found.
Noam and Orna came from Tel Aviv and grabbed me and we drove to Masada,
this crazy palace/fortress on top of a bluff overlooking the Dead Sea. We
missed the time to climb up on Friday and just relaxed at the campground
which was nice. I was pretty tired from this last section even though it
wasn't that hard. We also met 2 other INT hikers sightseeing off the trail
like me and we all hung out at night. The campground was super compact
which none of us seemed too happy with and there were a lot of families
which meant a lot of noise. I took a sleeping pill and used my white noise
mp3 track and slept decent so not a big deal.
We got up early and climbed up to summit at sunrise but we weren't the only
ones with that great idea. It was beautiful and the remains on top were
impressive. Like a mini Machu Picchu or Petra. After, we drove to the Dead
Sea and first did a little waterfall hike which was nice although crowded
and then the Dead Sea which was amazing. It's like -1200'+ and the lowest
place on earth. The salinity is like 37% and as advertised you just float.
It's a really weird feeling which I thought was great. The water is kind of
oily but there were showers to rinse off after. There were lots of people
covered head to toe in mud which I wasn't that into but I went in the water
several times and just bobbed up and down kind of in an upright stasis.
We headed back to Arad and they dropped me at a trail angels that Noam had
set up for me. Very nice people but also solidifying why I haven't been
using the trail angels like all other hikers. It's kind of exhausting
meeting new people all the time.
The 620 mile Israel National Trail stretches from the waters of the Red Sea to the Israel-Lebanon frontier that offers a chance to discover Israel's people, history and culture on the country's less-traveled paths. Learn more: www.israeltrail.net