DAY 13 – THURSDAY, JANUARY 22
This morning the nine of us loaded our mini-bus at 7:30 and headed for the Allenby Bridge crossing into Jordan. Although we were slowed a little in the process of crossing into Jordan, we made it to the Jordanian side without issues. There we were greeted by “Mo” our guide, and Abdullah, our driver. After processing the passports (about 10:30 a.m.), we drove to our first stop of the day, Mt. Nebo. It is a mountain that stands about 2,700 feet above sea level. Although the visibility was very limited because of the haze in the Jordan Valley below, we could picture Moses here. We read from Deuteronomy 34 and Joshua 1 about Moses’ death here, and the crossing into the Promise Land.
On our way to Medeba, we stopped briefly at a mosaic school. Young disabled Jordanians are taught the art of mosaics. We continued from here to St. George’s Church where the 6th century AD Medeba map is displayed.
Because the road to Macheraus (where John the Baptist was beheaded) as closed (due to the washed-out road from ast week’s snow/floods), we headed to Petra. Driving through ancient Moab, we read from Judges 3 (Ehud vs. Eglon) and Numbers 22 (Balak, Balaam, and the talking donkey).
Turning off the “Desert Highway” we visited Shoubak, a Crusader Castle. We enjoyed some tea and coffee served to us by a Bedouin man. The sunset was very nice too.
We arrived in Petra (Wadi Musa) for dinner. We retired early in anticipation of a long day tomorrow in the site of Petra.
DAY 14 – FRIDAY, JANUARY 23
We plan to visit the site of Petra for 8 hours. We will then drive back to Amman for dinner and our late flight home.