Jordan is rich in history, golden sand, and beautiful sunsets. I enjoyed every moment there and highly recommend it be added to your Bucket list. Petra was stunning, the history and age of the ancient rose colored city was mind boggling. Renewing my baptism vows at the site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist was overwhelming. Wandering in the same desert as the Israelites, viewing the promise land in the same place as Moses was insightful. Spending the night in a luxury tent on the Wadi Rum was out of this world. Relaxing at a five star hotel at the lowest point on earth, bobbing in the Dead Sea and stunning sunsets left me dazed! Learning about and seeing the oldest known geographic floor mosaic in Art history made me think I made the wrong career choice.
As I reflect back on my time in Petra I realize I needed more energy, more time, and more information on the sites. Petra is a whirlwind of beauty and history that truly deserves days of exploring to do it justice. Walking through the ruins from the 1st century B.C. with influences over the centuries from Nabatean, Roman and Byzantines cultures…So cool. Stay at the hotel that is within walking distance, take water, snacks and pull out your inner Indiana Jones mojo and explore this magnificent place.
Thanks to those with great curiosity for the past great places from history have been uncovered. These discoveries allow us the opportunity to walk in the steps of the past, see the same views from Biblical history. Thier work allow us memorable experiences such as the renewal of our Baptism vows at the site where John Baptized Jesus.
The orange-red landscape of the Wadi Rum gives one the feeling of being transported to Mars. The best way to explore the Wadi Rum is on a jeep or truck bed fixed up with seats and cover from the hot sun.
Once you’ve explored the Wadi Rum from the back of a vehicle it is time to dine on Bedouins Barbecue. The Bedouins are desert nomads and were once the primary inhabitants of the Holy Land. Looking at this deffinition it makes one wonder if Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would have been discribed as Bedouins. Bedouins Barbecue or Zarb is goat or sheep cooked underground in earth ovens. Vegetables are placed over the meat in the underground oven which is then covered with sand and a blanket. The meat is roasted long and slow making for tasty tender meat and a pretty delicious meal.
my luxury tent – the bed felt like home
An unusual rain front covered the sky with clouds however patients is rewarded. As I sit enjoying the silence of the cool night the clouds lift and I am rewarded with a dark navy sky glowing with sparkling stars. Still not familiar with my iPhone 11 pro no photo was taken, but it’s okay as that sight will be burned in my memory forever!
Early Morning in the desert
Morning brings Camel rides through the desert for many of my pilgrim peeps. I choose riding in the comfort of the seats of the truck bed. No desire to sit on those critters!
Next stop the Luxury of a five star spa on the banks of the Dead Sea! We spent two nights here and I hope to return some day. Beautiful pools, views, and a great pool side bar which allows one to enjoy the splendid sunsets.
Sunset over the dead sea
Better than any spa treatment is a float in the Dead Sea. The salty waters has you bobbing like an apple, coats your skin with an oil substance and puts your body at ease. Three weeks later and my skin is still enjoying the benefits of the the Dead Sea. The Dead See is geographically the lowest point on earth, some 1300 feet below sea level. Not that I believe one should gossip but rumor has it Sodom and Gomorrah were located here. Truth or Fiction that’s for you to decide.
Last but not least is our trip to Madaba an ancient town in Jordan. Here we visit the site of the 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land located in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. The Byzantine Mosaic Map covers the floor of the church. The map includes the regions from Jordan and Palestine in the north, to Egypt in the south and includes the city of Jerusalem.
Actual Madaba Mosaic Map
Visiting all these archaeological sites has peaked my curiosity. If I could go back in time I would study Archaeology. To be a part of unearthing these wonderful historical sites has to be cosmic!