The Magic of Wadi Rum in South Jordan
The best part about the tour, was that Abdullah would take me some cool place, point up into the rocks way up and say something like “You climb here. Be back in one hour…” or similar. So I got some great exercise and really spectacular vantage points for viewing the landscape. Of all the places, my favorite was a rock mesa on top of a large steep sand slope. It looked pretty easy and I thought I’d just run up it. Little did I know that the sand was really soft and deep, the slope steeper than it appeared and the distance further as well. I did mostly run up, but it was a hump and I was sucking air by the time I got to the top. The view was amazing and sun in a wonderful position for taking pictures. There was another guide up there too along with his clients from Switzerland. They came up the less steep other side, but I was very glad to do it my way. Coming down was huge fun!!! Just running down taking these monstrous leaps and bounding along with big air and sand everywhere. I ending up finding loose red sand for a couple of days afterward. It was beautiful, but just was in everything.
Although I am bummed I didn’t overnight in a Bedouin Camp or climb the cliffs, I feel blessed that I got to go and inspired to return for climbing and exploration at a later date. So to all my climbing friends out there…. standing invite to go back. Anyone???
After Wadi Rum, I spent a few days in Aqaba on the Red Sea at the end of the Gulf of Aqaba. An interesting area where Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabian borders all converge in very close proximity. I did some really nice scuba diving right off the beach here. Very cold and no other numbskulls out doing it, but still great marine life and totally worth it. I did have a small moment of anxiety around Stonefish in the immediate area, but managed not to step on one while putting my fins on. The Dive-master said she’d seen several right in that spot over the last few days. Those suckers freak me. I’ll post that story soon providing pics turned out from my new, but, but battery sucking vampire underwater camera.