And Craig K. was right, I did just go down a rabbit hole of saltiest lakes because I'm practically a hydrologist (and geologist). According to his posty, Lake Assal (or Lac 'Assal) is the "third saltiest body of water on Earth." But Wikipedia also has a list of the saltiest bodies of water by salinity, but it's in fifth place - ahead of the more popular saline destinations like the Dead Sea (#7) and the Great Salt Lake (#9). Whatever the rank (because it's Wikipedia and a list after all), it's pretty cool, and the geological formations of these hypersaline lakes fascinating. The chemistry of saline water is fun too. The Don Juan Pond in Antarctica (#6) is so salty that it remains in a liquid state even when temperatures dip to −50 °C (−58 °F).
Maybe a trip to Lake Assal is in order - when travel returns to normal, and we can fly again. If you know when that is, send it to me on a postcard. In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy this lovely jumpstart blogging again. I hope y'all are on the up and up too. Wear your masks, and wash your hands! Oh, And thanks, Craig K. I got your postcard!