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Climbing out of Wadi Hidan

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 16 – Wadi Hidan to Wadi Mujib (9 miles)

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. […]

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Wadi Ma'in Zara

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 15 – Wadi Ma’in Zara to Wadi Hidan (10 miles)

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 […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 14 – Oyoun al-Theeb to Wadi Ma’in Zara (14 miles)

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 […]

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The view of Israel from atop Mt. Nebo

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 13 – Mount Nebo to Oyoun al-Theeb (6 miles)

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 […]

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Jordan shepherd

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 12 – Iraq al-Amir to Mount Nebo  (17 miles)

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 […]

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sheep in Jordan

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 11 – Fuheis to Iraq al-Amir (11 miles)

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. […]

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Amman Jordan

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 10 – Rest day in Amman

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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Hiking the Jordan Trail – Day 9: Rmeimeem to Fuheis (9 miles)

Another day of uneventful hiking on the Jordan Trail, the usual ups and downs.  It was cold and windy with off-and-on rain all day long. I made it to the Christian city of Fuheis, which was so close to Amman I decided to go there and get my phone fixed, pick up a missing GPS […]

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My campsite overlooking the lake behind King Talal Dam.

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 8 – King Talal Dam to Rmeimeem (9 miles)

I had a restful night perched on a hill overlooking the large lake behind the King Talal Dam. I had an awesome view and enjoyed watching the sun set behind the mountains. Hiking is getting – how can I say it? – repetitive. More ups and downs, green hillsides, and – surprise, surprise – more […]

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Jordanian shopkeeper

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 7 – Khirbet al-Souq to King Talal Dam (7 miles)

Today was a very short, very easy day. After 10 hours in the tent, I had to get out. First light was around 5 a.m. so I got an early start. Even with walking slowly through the Jordanian countryside and taking a long break in Burma, I arrived at my destination by 1:30 p.m. I was tempted to go […]

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olive grove Jordan

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 6: Ajloun to Khirbet al-Souq (10 miles)

“Be ready in 15 minutes, we’re ready to go!” I was in the middle of a peaceful breakfast seated at the hotel overlooking the valley in Ajloun when Amjad called me on the phone. “Where are we going?” I answered. “We’re going to hike together for the first half of this segment,” Amjad answered. Yesterday in […]

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view from Mar Elias

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 5 – Mar Elias

The sun was out in full force when I left the homestay this morning. It was quite cool so I was bundled up in my sweater. With my fully loaded bright blue backpack atop my shoulders I started the several kilometer trek to the city’s edge. Many people were outside on the patios or sitting […]

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Jordan Trail through olive field

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 4 – Jordanian hospitality

Another beautiful day in the countryside; too sunny in fact, and I got a little sunburned. Tomorrow, I’ll put on some sunscreen. Jordan is well known for its hospitality, and so far on this trip it’s a very well deserved reputation. If I stopped with everyone who invited me to have tea with them I’d never get […]

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Ruins of a Byzantine church

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 3 – Byzantine church and Jesus Cave

Today was another beautiful day walking through small villages and wandering around the beautiful hillsides of Jordan. It’s green and full of colorful flowers – purple lupines, red poppies, black and white irises, yellow buttercups, and lots of small purple flowers. The sun was out with a cool, gentle breeze – who could ask for […]

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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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