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Published: November 1st 2012
Friday, Little Petra, Wadi Rum ending our day at the Red Sea at Aqaba Jordan
We say goodbye to Petra and meet Khaled in the lobby and head out for Little Petra which is very near Petra. The rocks and cliffs are beautiful and could see steps carved out of the rocks and then they would vanish under crumbled and toppled rocks. Lots of intriquing steps that no longer lead to anywhere. The traders and caravans would come to this area as it was a larger area for the hundreds of camels and travellers in the caravans. The Siq at Petra would be too narrow to bring hundreds of camels through. We walked through and took a lot of pictures and watched the goats climb down steep rocks and came across an older lady who we glady paid to take her picture. She was quite the character and we noticed she was also selling dolls.
Onto Wadi Rum. We are on the Kings Highway and we notice the changes on our left as we drive further south. Khaled, our driver has such a sense of humour and has really made our trip a lot of fun so the
drive with him is never boring and the scenery is always changing making all the days an adventure. We arrived at the visitors centre in Wadi Rum and it is HOT and the Wadi Rum desert is so beautiful. We had arranged a 2 hour jeep tour and so we piled in the back of the pick up for our tour, while our one eyed driver took us to some photo stops around the area. The Desert is beautiful and we love it and in the afternoon heat two hours is plenty enough for what we can fit in today. There are all kinds of choices for jeep tours, camel tours, half day and day tours. If we had more time we would have liked a night in the desert in a Bedouin tent. We climb in and out of the back of the truck a few times and get some great pictures of landscape as well as a camel rider with several camels trekking across the desert. We came along a herd of camels resting in the desert.
After our jeep tour and a little confusion and discussion between our guide and driver regarding where the meeting point
was suppose to be, we moved onto a camel ride. Well this was something else. Nothing like riding a horse. Getting up and down certainly was the best test of balance. Hang On!! It was a lot of fun and Khaled took our cameras and got pictures. Half an hour was enough and I’m sure for the camel as well. Wonderful experience and I'm so glad the camel didn't run or I'm sure I would have done a face plant in the dirt. An experience I will always remember. I thanked my camel with the big beautiful eyes. Now we move onto the Red Sea at Aqaba before nightfall.....
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