Took Meta and another friend who were visiting us down to the Dead Sea and a hike through the Nahal Pratziem Canyon, we also visited the Flour Cave that is there. We found some striking patterns in the walls of the canyon, some of them could pass for aerial photographs of a valley system.
The first picture shows you the Parks Service sign that directs all hikers to the different areas, the paths themselves are marked in these colors so you should not get lost. Also near this point is Mount Sedom and the lookout from there over the Dead Sea.
On the shores of the Dead Sea you have several choices for day hikes, Nahal Pratziem is one of the most popular along with the Flour Cave that is there. This cave begins as a hole in the wall of the canyon and you can (if you have candles or a flashlight) follow it to the end where you will find this opening to the sky. At this point it is possible to scale the walls and exit on the plain above the canyon, but for those with few climbing skills it is easier to return the way you can...
Oh I almost forgot to mention the reason it is called the "Flour" cave....the walls are made of a white material and when you exit the cave you will find that you are covered in FLOUR as if the baker had just made you.
This picture with my friend Giora graphically shows how large these formations are and also how strong they are. You do need to be careful with the thin ones so as not to break them.
This photo reminded me of a song that goes "Troll sat alone on a seat of stone as he munched and mumbleded a bare old bone"....now I can't remember where I saw that song, any ideas, it is from a fantasy book I am sure, but WHICH?? Any ideas...
Favorite thing: This closeup of one of the salt formations will give you an idea of the beauty of some of them. You can wander around here as if in a musuem of art. Fantastic formations sculpted by nature for all to enjoy.
Favorite thing: You can see the extent of the salt pan here in the pic where we are walking. But you do have to be careful, there are spots where the salt has formed a thin layer and you may break through. Much of this has been destroyed by the Dead Sea Factory nearby which mines the salts, but you can still find pockets of beauty.
Favorite thing: In the southern section of the Dead Sea, south of the hotel area, you will find that the sea is much more shallow and there are formations of salt that have precipitated out of the sea. Sorry the picture is not better, but I learned that the sun shining on the white salt caused some distortion. You can see the salt formations that look like fluffy white cloud formations, but are truly abrasive and very hot here at the lowest point on earth.