Archive | April, 2017

A week later: Reflections on hiking the Jordan Trail

A cool, gentle breeze revitalizes me as I lay on my back gazing at the heavens. The solitude and pureness of the desert is almost as incomprehensible as its peacefulness and tranquility. As the moon rises, illuminating and giving depth to the towering sandstone cliffs which surround me, their enormity threatens to engulf me. It’s been […]

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Finished hiking the Jordan Trail: I am a broken man

I feel like a broken man. The sun has bleached me both physically and emotionally. I woke up this morning and stared at the ceiling for a couple of hours in a vegetative state. I watched television for another 4 hours. My feet hurt, my toes don’t bend correctly, my knees ache, my back is sore, […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 40 – Titen to Aqaba  (17 miles)

After a very comfortable and restful night I felt considerably better in the morning. With the prospects of finishing the Jordan Trail today I was motivated enough to be on the trail at dawn. Today’s hike was long, difficult, and broiling hot. It started out with a good morning climb over a trail-less mountain of […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 39 – Mohammed Mutlak Camp to Titen  (17 miles)

I had a pretty rough night. Stomach cramps woke me up sometime after midnight. Several trips to the bathroom assured that I didn’t get much sleep. I got up at my usual time of 5 a.m. and seriously considered staying at the camp another day in hopes of getting better. The thought of another day sitting around in […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 38 – Rest day in Mohammed Mutlak Camp

Today was a much needed recovery day, the first in 8 days and the last one of the trip. Only 4 more hiking days! It was also a foot recovery day. Yesterday I was so tired of emptying sand from my shoes I said the heck with it and hiked with my shoes full of sand. […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 37 – Shakriya to the Mohammed Mutlak Camp (14 miles)

My plan today was to hike a short 6 miles from Shakriya to Rum Village and get a room at the Rest House there. Since the entire way would be on a paved road, not only would it be short but it would be easy. I looked forward to sleeping on a real bed, something […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 36 – New Humiema to Shakriya (18 miles)

It was a long but easy day as I made the transition into the Wadi Rum landscape, the stomping grounds of Lawrence of Arabia. Flat, unimpressive desert dominated the first 6 or 7 miles of the day, then increasingly large sandstone outcroppings begin dominating the landscape. As I made my way towards Shakriya, undulating orange […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 35 – Wadi Aheimar to New Humiema (14 miles)

Today was a continuation of hiking up Wadi Aheimar. As I continued up this awesome wadi the walls on either side came closer and closer together – sometimes only 6 feet apart. Not only that, according to my topo map, they towered straight up to heights of 600 feet. Never have I seen anything like […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 34 – 7 miles before Wadi Aheimar to 7 miles before Abbasiya (14 miles)

Tonight I found a lovely campsite in a small wadi off of Wadi Aheimar. That’s what I thought last night until a sandstorm picked up in the middle of the night and covered everything in a layer of fine dust. Tonight I’ll put away as much stuff as possible so it will be much easier to clean everything […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 33 – Wadi al-Saif to Wadi Aheimar (7 miles)

The short several miles to Wadi Gseib went by easily along a dirt track in the siq. As I headed toward Wadi Aheimar things slowed WAY down. As I walked along the wadi, I somehow picked up 6 stray sheep. They followed me and wouldn’t leave sight of me. This went on for a half […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 32 – Wadi Maa’ Mriebed to Wadi al-Saif (9 miles)

Not much to report today. I started out hiking in a spectacular wadi. The usual beautiful, multicolored sandstone with its almost infinite variations of size, shape, and patterns were the norm. I thoroughly enjoyed walking this wadi since it was relatively easy and had a trail. After several hours the wadi opened up into unimpressive […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 31 – Petra to Gaa’ Mriebed (13 miles)

I got to Petra at about the same time as the sun rose, just like hundreds of other tourists. I sat on a bench watching the light flood the wadi and the Nabataean city come alive. The Treasury and surrounding buildings were awash with vibrant colors while the shadows accentuated their magnificence. After I spent […]

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The Treasury, the most famous landmark in Petra.

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 30 – Little Petra to Petra (8 miles)

I had a lovely day today, a day I had been looking forward to for quite some time – hiking into Petra from the ‘back door.’ It started out with clouds and rain. I was really bummed because the beauty of today’s hike was seeing the marvelous monastery, temples, and other buildings the Nabataeans carved […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 29 – Rest day in Wadi Musa

I hope my blisters heal. Nothing else to write about.

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 28 – Chore day in Wadi Musa

There were two chores I had to get done today: renew my visa which expired 2 days ago, and do a food and water drop. I heard horror stories of others when they went to get their visas renewed. Stories of two and a half hours of process times seemed the norm. When I arrived […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 27 – Zero Day in Wadi Musa

Today was a much needed rest day, mostly for my poor feet. My only goals for the day were to get my clothes washed and to renew my visa which expired yesterday. I did real good on the clothes washing. They actually had a semi-functional washing machine and a nice place in the sun to […]

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