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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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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I hope my blisters heal. Nothing else to write about.
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 […]
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 […]
“Win Petra Nous (Where is Little Petra)?” I asked. I was lost and really had no idea how to get back on the track I was supposed to be on. The scenery was so magical I was mesmerized by its beauty. The track seemed rather obvious so I didn’t bother looking at my GPS. Time […]
What are we doing now?
Nancy is an artist and metalsmith making wearable art from recycled metal and antique components.
John is busy either hiking or planning his next long-distance hike.
Davy is studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Boise State University.
Daryl is studying Computer Science and Software Engineering at University of Texas Dallas.