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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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 26 – Ras al-Feid to Little Petra (14 miles)

“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 […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 25 – Wadi Malaga to Ras Al-Feid (8 miles)

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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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 24 – Dana to Wadi Malaga  (14 miles)

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 […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 23 – Dana (3 miles)

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 […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 22 – Ais to just before Dana (15 miles)

  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 […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 21 – Rest day in Ais

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

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 20 – Jahra to Ais (18 miles)

“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 […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 19 – Karak to Jahra (14 miles)

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 […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 18 – Karak to Majdalein (14 miles)

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 […]

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Wadi Mujib

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 17 – Wadi Mujib to Wadi Majdalein  (9 miles)

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 […]

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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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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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