On day five we travelled to the Dead Sea. First we stopped at the Ahava plant where they make and sell cosmetics from the Dead Sea. Michelle stayed inside and shopped while I took a short hike into the desert canyon. I spotted a jackal on the hill side which was a special thrill for me. Then we passed Wadi David where David hid from King Saul.
Masada was my favorite site of the entire trip. It is a natural fortress high above the Dead Sea. On top is constructed a city which was occupied by Jews and Romans at various points in history. King Herod built it as a southern stronghold. He was "mashugane" or crazy-paranoid of the Jews since he was the Roman ruler. Later a group of jews took refuge here as one of the last holdouts of another Roman conquering of Israel. This group committed mass suicide rather than be slaves for Rome.
Finally we went swimming in the Dead Sea. It reminded me of swimming in the Great Salt Lake, only with more bouyancy. You can only stay in for about a half-hour, but it was awesome. Michelle had a good time too.