If yesterday inflated my spirit, today deflated it. The day was extremely difficult. It started out with rock fields to traverse. All the time I had to climb down into and out of countless small wadis on rocky terrain. Then I had to climb over a high, rugged mountain. The climb went on for miles […]
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Wow! What an invigorating day! I’m sitting here in a beautiful wadi, have camp all set up, I ate, and drank some water. The sun has just dipped below the horizon and it’s cooling off. I’m way down off the mountains in the low lands. It’s no longer downright cold at night. Today it was […]
Last night was cold. I went to sleep fully clothed, but when a gust of wind hit the tent it sent shivers throughout my body. The cold wind went right through my old, worn out down sleeping bag. I got up in the middle of the night and put my rain jacket on which helped […]
It was a moderately hard day because I had to climb down into Wadi Ma’tan an then back out of it. Going down I fell twice because it was so steep and rocky. I passed right through the Ma’tan ruins. They were extensive but I have no idea about the history of them. No […]
It was the perfect day to spend in a hotel and watch the wind blow in the rain fall from the comfort of my room. A nearby restaurant provided me with shawarma and a salad for dinner. You can find all my journal entries from hiking the Jordan Trail here: Jordan Trail
“Khaled doesn’t like sleeping with wife,” Khaled mumbled in the middle of the night. “Khaled cold,” he mumbled again and again. Soon he was snuggled up against me. Things quickly went from bad to worse and I’ll just say he gave a new meaning to Bedouin hospitality. For reasons I won’t get into, at 4 […]
Today was a cold, blustery day hiking through ho hum countryside. It wasn’t a particularly hard day, but the scenery of barren mountains and sweeping vistas is getting very common. I just enjoyed walking alone in the nearly deserted hills meeting a shepherd here and there. Today I kind of changed gears from being stimulated […]
It was a fortunate thing that I took a mini bus into Karak from Majdalein. Last night the wind was so fierce the windows were rattling in my hotel room and I could feel the pressure differential in my ear drums when a particularly large gust of wind hit. There was no way I would […]
If yesterday was a descent of hellacious proportions today was an ascent of the same proportions. After 2400 feet of steep climbing I looked down from the canyon rim of Wadi Mujib at the barren desert mountains. The canyons were so vast and deep it actually made me dizzy. The view was amazing, easily rivaling […]
Today was a physically challenging day. After saying goodbye to shepherds Saif, Ahmed, and Abbod I started the long climb out of Wadi Hidan. It wasn’t bad, but the 2400 foot climb was agonizingly slow. When I got to the top of the canyon rim it was easy going until I had an insane descent. […]
I finally did it, I slept with some Jordanian shepherds in their tent. They were young, in their twenties, and I got there about an hour before dark. They offered me a place to stay and showed me their tent. They had a pile of old dirty mattresses and several blankets. When I entered the […]
When I arrived at Wadi Ma’in I expected it to be Shepherds Central, with their camps lining the river with sheep and goats everywhere. But when I got there I had the whole place to myself. I found the perfect camping spot on a sandbar – the first time I wasn’t sleeping on a bed […]
Had a great night in the hotel, slept in, and visited Mount Nebo. “Go up on to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession. There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die.” Deuteronomy 32:49-50 Mount Nebo is where […]
Wow, what an exhilarating day! I was determined to make it to Mount Nebo and then find some sort of transportation into the city of Madagascar 10 km down the road. It started out great. For the first several miles there was gentle downhill mostly on dirt tracks. I made great time. But then I […]
Even though it was cloudy and sprinkled throughout the day, I had a nice, relaxing walk. It was the same old up and down steep hills following tracks and country roads. Along with the usual olive groves, there were some lemon groves stuck in. I was amazed at how many lemons grew on one tree. […]
I spent a relaxing day in Amman. I attended a Jordan Trail Association meeting where I met a lot of people connected to the trail. I think I finally got my phone fixed. I went all the way across town to the service provider so I could talk with someone who spoke very good English. […]
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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.