Friday, January 4, 2013


My word for this year.


I think we started well.

On January 1 we drove our way down to Petra.  It's about 2 1/2 hours away from Amman, mostly on a well-paved 4-6 lane divided highway.  Our send off was a dust storm in the valley just outside Amman.

And by lunch time we were at the Petra Marriott.  Which has a stunning view over Wadi Musa and the Petra valley.  We skipped lunch and decided to snack at the park.

On New Year's Eve we forced the kids to sit and watch "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."  It was good prep.

But nothing really prepares you for visiting a wonder of the world.  The kids moaned and groaned about an afternoon looking at rocks, but I think if you caught them off guard they'd say they had a blast.  Jonathon had difficulties not climbing on millennial old carvings and boulders.  Katherine received a little too much attention from the locals.  And I do believe that Nicholas and Rebecca enjoyed the donkey ride.  I grant that 2 1/2 hours of walking (and chatting and taking photos and stepping out of the way of careening carriages) just on the way in without even rising towards the Monastery is a nice hike, especially as it's all down hill. I read that from the entrance to the city center is akin to dropping 45 stories.

Petra, especially the Siq, is spectacular.

... to be continued....

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