While in Israel, we decided it would be fun to float in the Dead Sea! The Dead Sea is actually a lake that lies between Jordan and Israel/Palestine. This body of water contains so much salt that it is not possible for any living creature to survive in it. However, for humans swimming and floating in the Dead Sea is not harmful. In fact, due to the high salt levels, people can float easily in the water. The Dead Sea has also become very popular among the locals and tourists due to the water’s healing properties. Apparently, it is the composition of the salts and minerals in the water that provide various health benefits to the body.
There were many rocks, like this one, that had collected salt.
I was incredibly excited to experience what it would be feel like to float effortlessly in the world’s deepest hypersaline lake. We were advised to wear sunglasses in order to avoid getting the salty water into our eyes. We stayed in the Dead Sea for a couple of hours, just relaxing and floating around. The feeling of being unsinkable in such a vast and deep lake was amazing!
The Taroko Gorge is a 19 km long canyon located in Taroko National Park, one of Taiwan’s eight national parks. Most visitors either ride a bike or scooter to visit the most attractive areas of the gorge. However, we decided to spend a day walking along the paved road and hiking trails to see all the highlights of this magnificent natural wonder.
The main hiking trail we followed was called the Shakadang Trail. It was one of the most beautiful parts of the gorge. The scenic views of white rocks within the clear turquoise waters and the ubiquitous green trees were breathtakingly gorgeous.
Along the way, we also saw this huge spider and tiny frog!
We really enjoyed our day at Taroko Gorge. But, after walking all day, we were fairly exhausted by the end of our trip.