If Petra is the oil of Jordan, then Wadi Rum is the silver. A moonscape described by T.E.Lawrence as “vast, echoing and godlike.” There, we enjoyed a four hour drive in the desert with a stop in a Bedouin encampment and a once in a lifetime view of the sunset.
Petra has too be seen, mere words cannot describe its grandeur. If you’ve seen the “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” you may recall Harrison Ford’s character races through a narrow gully (the Siq) which ends in front of a huge, red temple carved out of the side of a mountain. Well that was no movie set folks, that is actually a structure called the Khazneh, or the Treasury, part of a series of buildings carved out of sandstone back in the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataeans. A city of rock, appropriately bearing the Greek name of Petra.
Today we travel to Mukawir. Here atop a 700 meter hill are the ruins of a fortress overlooking the Dead Sea and surrounding terrain. It is at this strategic place that Mark 6 tells us John the Baptist was imprisoned…
Today, the journalists visiting Jordan via the graciousness of the JBT were invited to visit an Islamic Mosque, surveyed Jordan from Rabbat Ammon and the Promised Land from Mount Nebo. We also saw ancient mosaics, including a 6th century map in a Greek Orthodox Church. We then soothed our aching joints in the hot springs of Ma’in Springs. While we weren’t able to post photos today, you’re still invited to check out our growing photo gallery of images from this amazing trip in an even more amazing land.
Bumping our heads on the tomb of the possessed, wrestling near River Jabbok, shopping for trinket and a whole lot of other fun.
We arrive in Amman Jordan after a near-death experience letting Chuck drive in NYC, and having a chorus of crying babies sit behind us on the 10 hour flight to Amman Jordan. Other than that, everything is great!
At approximately 11:00 11:00 AM, Chuck Holton (of LiveFire.us fame) will swing by my house in a mini-van to take some journalists and myself to New York’s JFK Airport for our 11::00pm flight on on Royal Jordanian. While part of…