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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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
My phone doesn’t work on the Jordanian network, so I brought it to a shop to get unlocked and have a new Sim chip installed. After a day in the shop and a huge hassle reinstalling, configuring, and resyncing the apps, I think I got it back to the way it was. I went to the […]
I made it to Amman. Guess where the first place I headed to was? After I got my fill of shisha I headed over to the mobile phone shop. Unfortunately my cell phone will not work on the Jordanian Network so I have to have the phone unlocked. I’ll give them the phone tonight and […]
I’ve got butterflies fluttering around in my stomach. The kind of feeling I get when I’m about to experience something new, exciting, and unknown. Tomorrow I leave for the country of Jordan where I plan on hiking the Jordan Trail from the Palestinian/Syrian border all the way down to the Saudi Arabian border, a total […]
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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.