Part 1, A day to remember…Petra…Aqaba Jordan…photos, photos and more photos…

A fantastic day for both of us. Yesterday, we were before the world-renowned “Treasury” in Petra. 

It was a trying day, a walk beyond the difficulty of any walk I’ve ever experienced. It was a full three hours of rough, rocky, uneven terrain, downhill on the way to Petra and strenuous uphill on the return. 

This bus fleet was waiting as our ship approached the pier in Aqaba, Jordan. Yeah, the cattle herding thing… but we said “moo” with a smile this time.

We were enchanted by the history and beauty of this two-thousand-year-old ingeniously built gift to the world and were proud of ourselves for making the arduous trek.

Water was found in this area, resulting in this fertile green farmland. Enough water was discovered to supply Jordan for the next 60 years.

Leaving at 9:45 in the morning, we were herded to about 40 awaiting air-conditioned buses with a modicum of chaos, finding ourselves good seats in the front of the bus. No security guard was needed on these buses. 

The black goat’s hair Bedouin tents are shown in the back. The white structure appears to cover some type of equipment, protecting it from the elements.

Much to our surprise, we discovered that Jordan is now a peaceful country, its citizens warm and friendly, and its streets clean, although poverty prevails. We did not feel or sense any unrest, as we had in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt.

As we entered the area of Petra, the winding hilly roads were scattered with hotels, resorts, and restaurants to accommodate the endless flock of tourists from all over the world that also want to check Petra off of their “bucket list.”

On the two-hour drive, our tour guide pointed out that the borders of Israel and Jordan were a few miles from us. Also, the port to which we’d arrived is used by Iraq, which results in their using Jordan’s port for all their significant imports.

The rock formations along the way were breathtaking. Little did we know what lay ahead. (Due to the poor internet connection today while out to see, photos will be posted in varying sizes).

Again, as we had assumed that oil is produced in Jordan, we discovered our preconceived notions were wrong. Jordan pays exorbitant prices to buy oil from Saudi Arabia, as does much of the world.

 The further we walked, the more interesting the carved stone was.

The long drive to Petra was broken up by the occasional sighting of the black goat’s hair, Bedouin tents scattered throughout the barren desert, a flock of goats and sheep crossing the road, and an occasional herd of camels, donkeys, and horses.

When we approached this area, we thought we were there. We did not realize we had much more to walk to reach the Treasury.
Our guide explained that most Bedouin families are intelligent, successful entrepreneurs living thriving lives with little use of modern tools and equipment. However, they may own a vehicle for the movement and marketing of their wares. They are highly revered for their ancient ways by the Jordanian people.
Entrances to caves were everywhere.
Once we arrived in the Petra area, we were surprised by the hilly trek from the bus parking lot to the hotel, the Guest Houses of Petra. More anxious to get on our way than eat lunch, we followed the flock into the upscale restaurant sharing a table with four men, all experienced baby boomer world travelers.
It’s hard to believe the two-thousand-year-old craftsmanship.
The passageways became narrower and narrower as we continued along.
The raw beauty f nature, coupled with artistic skills, made the walk exciting, moment by moment.
Tom carried our heavy bag with water and supplies for the entire three hours of our journey.
Horses, donkeys, and wagons transported weary tourists to and from the Treasury.
We expected the Treasury to appear at each end of the long walk through yet another narrow passageway.
Hard to believe the feasts our eyes beheld.
 We thought we couldn’t make it through each time we encountered these narrow crevices, but we managed at each turn.
Looking up is more of nature’s wonders; we were enthralled.
Man and nature’s wonder combined was awe-inspiring.
Can you imagine the excitement of the Swiss adventurer that discovered this
find in 1812?
At last! The Treasury! This sight made us gasp with our hearts pounding wildly, less from the walk, more from sheer joy!

Part 2 of our fantastic expedition will continue tomorrow. With a poor Internet connection while out to sea, posting these photos has taken over an hour of online time. We’ll try to post some links about the history of Petra as well, but we’re having difficulty bringing up web pages.

And then, slightly more…
We can’t wait to share the remainder tomorrow! 

Comments and responses Part 1, A day to remember…Petra…Aqaba Jordan…photos, photos and more photos…

  1. Anonymous Reply

    Jess & Tom

    Oh my gosh what a day it must have for you!! I'm thrilled with the pictures and can only imagine what it must have been like to actually be there.

    Thank you once again for taking us along on this magnificent world wide journey.

    Stay well and travel safely.

    Vikki and Bob

  2. Jessica Reply

    Vikki & Bob, it was quite a day. We're still reeling from the experience. Hope you had a chance to read Part 2 and see more of our photos. Our legs are still a little sore!

    Thank you for traveling along with us. More will follow, of course, as we get closer to Dubai each day.

    You both be well also.

    Warmest regards,
    Jess & tom

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  4. Jessica Reply

    Dear Anonymous,

    Thanks so much for your kind comments. And, I so appreciate your questions. Blog writing comes easily for me so I may be the wrong person to ask but I will try:
    1. Think of a topic in advance before sitting down to write. Its gets your brain working on possible points to discuss.
    2. Designate a specific time each day to write. I begin first thing in the morning, after dressing for the day and pouring my cup of coffee. I have found that treating it like a part time job, which for us, it is, gives one the motivation from a certain sense of responsibility.
    3. Although, I love writing, some days the photos can become cumbersome and overwhelming or, it may feel as an if it's an off day. On those days I don't torture myself. I simply post what I can, write the accompanying story with some photos and make it shorter if necessary.
    4. Keeping it vital and fun are most important. Then, the words flow freely. I picture our thousands of worldwide readers with a cup of coffee or tea, sitting at their computers and finding a few minutes of pleasure reading what we post. That, dear friend, is motivation in itself.

    Hope this helps you, even a tiny bit. Feel free to write again. I don't have all the answers but after almost 600 daily posts, I feel like I've begun to have a handle on it. Honestly, I never dread it, even when I was ill recently. Doing so simply made me feel as if I had many people rooting for my renewed health. We're so grateful for our readers which keeps us from ever feeling isolated.

    Warmest regards,
    Jess & Tom

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