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Roman ruins of Pella

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 2 – Ziglab to Pella (8 miles)

I didn’t go very far today but each step was excruciatingly painful because of the severe chafing. I’m going to take tomorrow off because of it, but I don’t think it will do much good. I need at least a week off. I’m not sure what I will do. The highlight today was meeting five […]

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Um Qais

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 1 – Um Qais to Ziglab (16 miles)

I am thoroughly exhausted and I’ve only come 16 miles. Normally this would be easy, a piece of cake – but this was hard. The trail itself wasn’t so bad; the slow pace was for other reasons. For starters, it rained a lot today which in and of itself wasn’t a big deal. What made […]

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Um Qais church

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Um Qais at the trailhead

  I stood atop the hills overlooking the Jordan Valley mesmerized by their sheer expanse. It was a very hazy day and, although the Sea of Galilee was almost directly below me, I could just barely see it. The Golden Heights dominated the hills on the opposite side of the Jordan Valley. The hills of […]

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