Well, I’m back. Mostly. Maybe not so much mentally (in fact I just asked my husband: What’s the word for when you are here physically but not ____?) Yea, my head still feels a bit stuffed with the cottony bits of jet lag.
6,000 miles + 25 hours of travel time + 7 hour time difference = very little sleep.
Our trip had high points and low points. It was both relaxing (no dinner making! the beach!) and exhausting (plane delays that added up to a 41 hour travel time to get to Israel, coupled with my insane flying jitters). But a bonus of coming back from vacation? (Other than my own, comfy bed.) I am ready to get back to work. I missed writing, reading blog posts and checking in on Twitter and Facebook.
And I hope to jump right back in as soon as possible. That is once I get myself out from under the mail pile (virtual and actual). It’s quite the shock going from thinking, Hmm, I wonder where we should go for dinner tonight? –to bill paying, grocery shopping, laundry and an upcoming wisdom tooth extraction (I’m playing the responsible adult to my son’s soon to be drugged state–here’s hoping I get a good night’s sleep–this is my child who once hallucinated after a dose of cough syrup).
Still I have some uplifting thoughts to pick from between the cottony spaces in my brain!
Because I saw some amazing, beautiful and historical sights from Masada, to the Dead Sea.
This is a view of the Dead Sea from atop Masada.
The Dead Sea is 1,388 feet below sea level and is the lowest place on Earth. It is super salty–over 30% salinity. While in the water, I touched my pinkie finger to my tongue–and it was so salty, it stung for a moment. Note: You do not shave before taking a dip in the Dead Sea!!
This is a little embarrassing to admit, but I kind of thought the Dead Sea would look more like a black lake, but as you can see, the color of the water looks more like a view of the Caribbean than some imagined Bubonic plague-like body of water.
Although we all looked scary after applying the Dead Sea mud.
It was messy and smelled a bit like sulfur, but applying the mud was a fun experience. And apparently healing, due to the mineral content.
But by far the coolest part of the Dead Sea experience?
The floating!! It is effortless. Due to the high salt content, you cannot fully submerge in this water. It is denser than my travel bogged mind.
And treading water is unnecessary–the water holds you upright, even when you wade deeper.
So you just kick back and relax, because even at the lowest point on Earth, YOU CANNOT SINK.
“You know when you’re floating on your back in the lake, the water rises and falls against your ears? So that for half a second you can hear everything around you and then for the other half a second everything’s muted? It almost feels like your suspended between two worlds.”
― Tricia Rayburn, Siren
And floating there, in the very warm waters of the Dead Sea, I realized the hopeful lesson in that experience (yes, I was blogging in my head–I couldn’t help it). I thought, how encouraging is to feel that even at the lowest depths, we simply cannot stay at the bottom?
“Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled—to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world. ”
― Mary Oliver
Days, vacations, life, they do not always go as we planned. But even when we find ourselves sinking to the lowest points, there are moments of hope to be found.
“When the tides of time turn against you,
And the storms of life sink your boat,
Don’t cry and scream and holler,
Just turn on your back and float.”
Here’s to everyone getting some floating time this week!!
Any travel high points or low points you can share? Or jet lag fighting tips for me to file away?
I love it when you share I missed chatting with you while I was gone!