Adventure Days · Jordan

Adventure Day: Aqaba to Petra, Jordan

Well after such a glorious nights sleep the day before things are back off the rails. I woke at 3am to L and R talking in their room. I got R some more medicine and she was soon back to sleep. But L just wouldn’t settle. I laid with him for an hour before I gave up and went back to my bed. Just as I was about to fall asleep, the call to prayer sounded. Then L came in to ask for an audiobook. It was hopeless, as the alarm went off at 6:30, L and I had been awake since 3. It was painful.

In good news, the tooth fairy visited R and left her 1 Dinar and a note written in Arabic.

We were up and out of the hotel early so we could drive to Wadi Rum. It was a beautiful desert canyon that Ty had visited on his last trip. Lots of movies have been filmed here and it was on our way to Petra so we schedule a 3 hour jeep ride. The town around it was very rustic, and basic. But the area is incredible, so different, and I’m glad we took the time to go.

We were so thankful to have our down coats.
Our first stop was a sand dune for us to climb.
Poor R didn’t make it far. It was a hard climb and she is feeling miserable from her cold.

After the sand dune our driver showed us these original drawing on the walls.

We stopped at Lawerence’s house. I think it’s a rock wall that was used in the Lawerence of Arabia film, or it’s hundreds of years old. I really don’t know because unfortunately our guide didn’t speak English. That was disappointing but thankfully Ty remembered some details about other items from his time here before.

Yep it’s a wall…

It was a nice area to walk around a bit. There were cairns everywhere! R just enjoyed hanging out with a local cat.

L was a little mountain goat in these hills.

We had tea with the cat, at the mini tourist trap, then we moved on to Mushroom Rock.

We finished with a stop at a bridge that we could walk out on. Dragging R up there for the family photo op.

Hanging in there…
Shelter built into the rock, lower left.

At this point we were over 3 hours of riding in the back of a pickup truck and we were all quite wind blown. We had the driver take us back to our car. It was a beautiful final loop back.

From Wadi Rum we drove about 1.5 hours to our hotel near Petra.

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