DAY 13 – SATURDAY, MAY 10
We left our hotel in Petra at 7:30 a.m. and began our drive back north towards Amman. We left the Petra area (with a great panoramic view) reading Numbers 20 about the death of Aaron on Mt. Hor. Traveling once again on the King’s Highway (Number 20:17) as well as the Desert Highway, we arrived near Amman. From here we descended west to the site called Bethany Beyond the Jordan (John 1). This is where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. This area is also known for the ministry of Elijah, for this is where he was carried into heaven in a fiery chariot (2 Kings 2).
At 12:30 p. m. we began the border crossing back into Israel. It was a simple process this time. We were met by our driver who took us back to Jerusalem. On our way from ascending from Jericho to Jerusalem, we stopped briefly for a marvelous view of Wadi Qelt. Here we looked down to a Greek monastery called St. George. It is literally built into the cliffs of the Judean desert.
We continued our climb to Jerusalem where we enjoyed a few free hours prior to driving to Abu Ghosh, the location of our farewell dinner. We at a lot of gret food here, served in a typical Arab fashion.
(an update will be made on Sunday morning once we land and get through US Customs)
DAY 14 – SUNDAY, MAY 11
We plan to arrive home early Sunday morning (5:30 a.m. arrival in Phila)