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Wadi Rum: vast and echoing and god-like, magically haunted

Described as ‘Vast and echoing and god-like’ by T.E. Lawrence in his famed 7 Pillars of Wisdom, rarely does a visitor leave unawed and uninspired by this moonscape. In fact the only regret of this writer is that he did not have enough time to spend the night in this “magically haunted [2]” moonscape – vowing to come back one day with his family to take a 2 day camel caravan to fully drink in its arid beauty.

Where John Baptized Jesus

Today we saw the location we enjoyed a quiet but stirring communion where Elija ascended into Heaven, where Joshua lead Israel across the Jordan, and where Jesus was Baptized by John. I am so incredibly grateful to the Jordan Tourism Board for this once in a lifetime opportunity . It is my prayer that this blog will encourage readers to visit this amazing country and enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Jordanian people. Shokran Gazillan.

Aqaba on the Red Sea

Just as T.E. Lawrence did almost 90 years ago, we traveled south towards the Red Sea, only we under more comfortable circumstances. In fact, Aqaba is the only port city in the country of Jordan, which it was why it was so important the British, the Arabian revolt, and to those of us in the 21st century who though in love with the desert, now sought greener pastures.

Petra

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.

On bended knee atop Mt. Nebo

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.