|Sand storm brewing in Jordan's Wadi Rum|
Stretching for more than 278 miles (720 kilometers),Wadi (Arabic for ‘valley or river channel’) Rum is also known as The Valley of the Moon. Our tour was through just a small portion of this expansive landscape, yet, that which we experienced seemed a vast, isolated world.
|A long lonesome road in Jordan's Wadi Rum|
With sand swirling out over the landscape we opted to ride in the cab with him, instead of in the back bed of the truck with its rather firm seats. His command of English was a bit limited, but far better than our ability to speak his language.
With our original tour-company driver assuring us he’d meet us in a couple hours for our trip back to the ship, we were off! In an old pickup. With a Bedouin driver. In the Wadi Rum. In Jordan. In the Middle East. . .
|Setting off in the Wadi Rum - Jordan|
It was silently screaming, “What are we doing?!?!”
I had obviously let my imagination get away from me – I’d listened to too many ‘well-meaning-but-overly-cautious-ones-back-home’.
What were we doing?
|Wadi Rum - Jordan|
The Wadi Rum was designated a ‘protected area’ in 1998 and in recent years it has become a popular destination for eco-tourism. Hiking, camel treks, rock climbing and camping bring thousands of tourists here each year. And that thriving tourism business is providing a new source of income for the Bedouin communities of the Wadi Rum.
Still, with increasing tourism, we saw just one other tour 'truck' similar to ours in the distance and one other Bedouin with his camels, hoping to convince some visitor to take a ride on his giant beasts.
|Visiting with the camel-ride vendor - Wadi Rum, Jordan|
Our guide knew his route – we’d have been hopelessly lost and turned around without him – and after slipping and sliding over the sand (which reminded us of driving in snow) he topped to point out some of the area’s ancient rock drawings carved into the sides of the sandstone and granite mountains that make up the Wadi Rum.
|Ancient rock drawings - Wadi Rum, Jordan|
|A portion of our route - Wadi Rum, Jordan|
|Absolutely loved this and not a posed scene for tourists - Wadi Rum, Jordan|
|Seven pillars of wisdom - Wadi Rum, Jordan|
Any number of tours are available in the Wadi Rum and a good source of information is found at www.wadirum.jo Should we get back there, I want to camp out over night. Next week I’ll tell you where I plan to camp!
Just for the record: I did leave information in our ship’s cabin that provided the name of the tour company, phone numbers, our destinations and estimated time of returning to the ship – just in case something had happened to us (intended or accidental) or that might have caused a delay in our return.
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Oh, what a wonderful experience.ReplyDelete
Since I know Steve will never agree to a visit to Egypt, I will have to rely on your great posts to get the idea.
Keep sharing your adventures.
So glad you are enjoying the tales of our Middle Eastern adventure! Keep working on Steve, you might one day get to Egypt, which is an amazing place as well!Delete
Awesome!!!! I might have been wondering myself to take off with a stranger into nowhere but this looks most exciting. Can't wait to see where you're going to camp.ReplyDelete
Oh Gaelyn, you won't believe where I want to camp! I know you'd be willing to go with me - not so sure I am going to convince The Scout that he wants to go with me!Delete
I do know that feeling from adventures in Thailand and Shanghai! The odds are that things will turn out well, but still you find yourself fervently hoping you won't be a statistic! What marvelous fun this turned out to be! "That time we were in the truck in the middle of a desert with the Bedouin guy..." Definitely isn't something everyone can say!ReplyDelete
It is fun knowing that people like you understand exactly what I am saying - it is one of those unforgettable moments, but as you noted, you also hope that those worrying friends back home don't end up saying, "Told them so!" Thanks for stopping by today~Delete
Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-walls-of-san-juan.html
Thanks - your photos of the walls of old San Juan were spectacular this week - as always love being a part of the linkup!!Delete
Beautiful place to explore. That drive is long.ReplyDelete
It was long and exotic and foreign and simply fantastic! Thanks for the visit - Rajesh~Delete
I can relate to that feeling of "OMG! What are we doing?" also. It's closely related to putting our trust into a map, guide book or driver's hands and (kind of) closing our eyes and jumping out of our comfort zone. Sometimes the foreigness of a place can seem overwhelming but what amazing stories and experiences to remember! I really enjoyed this post Jackie, as it made me feel like I was there and definitely summed up one of the aspects of travel I love most!ReplyDelete
Oh Anita, I knew there were many like us - and you - out there who could relate to that "OMG moment" when you imagine the hometown headlines and readers saying, "What were those two old people doing out there anyway?" Glad you enjoyed this post, Anita.Delete
wow, what an amazing trip. I think I would have been a little worried too, wondering where the heck I was going. I think leaving info with the ship was a great idea.ReplyDelete
But I think that it is moments like this where we step out of our comfort zone and trust, is when we get the best experiences. I wish I was more brave.... Happy travels and thank you for a most enjoyable post.
Sometimes I am just like you Jill, wishing I was a bit braver. I am usually the 'but, what if. . .' person in this traveling duo and Joel's response is more, 'if something is going to happen to us, it will, whether here or there'. I guess that just makes for balance between us (or opposites really do attract! ;-) )Delete
Hi Jackie, I so enjoy this post of yours from one of my favorite spots in the world. Wadi Rum is out of this world indeed. I agree that Petra and Wadi Rum deserve more time for exploration. I hope you get to go back to do some more. But it seems like you made the most out of the short time you had. Hey, have you seen the new movie "The Martian" with Matt Damon? It was shot in Wadi Rum and it's pretty spectacular.ReplyDelete
Oh Marisol, just yesterday I was writing my third and final Wadi Rum post and I needed a Lawrence of Arabia quote (our books are in Greece) so I did an internet search and you should be pleased to know your blog post about the area was the first to show up. (Confession, I used the quote from your blog, but credited you, because it was the best one I found)! Yes, I'd love to go back to Jordan and will have to see the new movie - thanks for the tip!Delete
What a fantastic experience that you will never forget. I read this quote from Yomadic (blog) today "Those unexpected journeys, to the lesser-travelled places, are priceless. They give you an everlasting lift, in a way that the well-trodden and well-marketed destinations often struggle to do." Seemed appropriate for this occasion.ReplyDelete
Oh Jan, I love that quote as it does so well sum up the joys of lesser-traveled places. Reminds me of what we love about Greece's Peloponnese vs. the Santorinis and Mykonos, well-marketed destinations. Thanks for sharing it.Delete
What an experience! I think when things do not go as "expected" or as "imagined" is when the experiences end up being more memorable. I like all sort of of road trip, so, I think I would have liked something like this.ReplyDelete
You are exactly right Ruth - and in places so foreign, places that I've not even given much thought before being there, everything is rather unexpected and an adventure. I would love to go back one day but can't help but wonder if some of the magic would be gone because I now know somewhat what to expect. Thanks for the visit -Delete
What an adventure! I've had a few of those in Central America. Petra is on my bucket list.ReplyDelete
Oh Sharon, keep it on your bucket list - in fact, move it up a notch or two! Thanks much for commenting; hope to see you back here again!Delete
Hi Jackie! What a great adventure! Your shot of Ma and Baby camel is priceless. Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursdayReplyDelete
I had that photo made into a small canvas print as it is one of my very favorites -- and not staged at all. They were just 'there' one of those priceless travel moments. Thanks as always for hosting, #TPThursdayDelete
What an wonderful adventure and I love the shot of the baby Camel suckling its mama.ReplyDelete
Margaret that scene tops all the travel memories collected on this trip! It was so unexpected and obviously not posed. . .thanks for the visit - glad you liked that photo too!Delete
Wadi Rum looks fascinating and I think the photo of the track winding through the desert conjures up all sorts of magical mystical stories.ReplyDelete
It really was a magical sort of place; you could easily let your imagination run away with you in this place. Thanks for stopping by, Jo!Delete
What a fascinating place. The picture of a portion of the route in Wadi Rum even looks like snow. It must have been an interesting drive.ReplyDelete
It was great - once I got the 'fear-factor' out of my head! I finally decided that if this was the way I'd be ending life, then so be it - and instead, it was a great way to really live life! Thanks for the visit Donna!Delete
What an OMG moment! I have heard of Petra but then you let Wadi Rum come alive! I would lose to see the Seven Pillars of Wisdom and the wide expanse of desert with un-touristy camels and their younr 'uns. OMG indeed!ReplyDelete
Oh Carol, you would love Wadi Rum! It is still unspoiled by the increasing eco-tourism there and thankfully tourism still has 'eco' in front of it! Thanks for the comment.Delete
What an amazing time you had in the desert. And those camels look like lots of fun, did you get to ride on any of them?ReplyDelete
No, we chose not to ride a camel - when I calculated the drop distance from the top of the camel to the ground, I decided I could be quite happy looking at them through the camera lens!Delete
That sounds amazing and the desert looks so interesting.ReplyDelete
Thanks much for stopping by and leaving a comment - it really was an amazing part of the trip!Delete
What an interesting place. So much of travel is putting your trust in someone else-it's amazing we don't have more of those 'What are we doing here' moments. I chose to get on the camel in India and after almost being flung off halfway through the trek, was a nervous wreck the rest of the way. Next time I'll stay on the ground like you did!ReplyDelete
Alison, I agree about those "what are we doing here?" situations. I am glad you've reconfirmed my thoughts on the camel - I calculated how far I might fall and decided to just be happy with photographs! Thanks for sharing that experience!Delete
Fascinating adventure; lots of interesting aspects in all posts, previous posts! Just like in a movie! So great to have such an extraordinary experience, travelling far in so many days...Thank you for sharing all these with us through your camera lens.ReplyDelete
Warm greetings in March!
Alexa, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment! Enjoy this month!Delete
Our experience with the Wadi Rum was driving through to Petra. We did get to stop at a Bedouin tent (not like the luxurious one you showed), and they certainly had a gig with the tour guides, but it was authentic enough to us, and my son got to see camels. What I couldn't get over was how many people we saw walking through the desert. I kept wondering, where are they going?ReplyDelete