DAY 11 – FRIDAY, JULY 1
This morning, some in the group arrived back in the U.S. after a safe night-flight home. Still others in the group checked out of the hotel following breakfast and drove to the airport for their flight home today. Eight of us, however, drove to the southern Jordanian Border crossing called the Rabin Crossing. It is located at the Red Sea. In order to get there, we first of all drove east from Jerusalem (not before getting our last glimpse of the city) back to the Jericho area, and then south along the Dead Sea, past Qumran, Ein Gedi, and Masada, and then on through the Aravah. We stopped in Ein Bokek for a rest stop, at Mt. Sodom (a mountain of salt), as well as at Yotvata (a dairy kibbutz) for an ice cream stop.
Arriving at the Rabin Border crossing (near Elat and the Red Sea), David dropped us off and we proceeded through the passport booth. Walking our luggage across the border, we were greeted by our guide and agent on the Jordanian side. Once again after taking care of our passport and visa, we boarded our van and drove on the Desert Highway about an hour to Wadi Rum.
Wadi Rum is a spectacular place. In two jeeps (pick-up trucks with seats in the bed), we explored the mountains and sand dunes for the next two hours. We stopped at a Bedouin tent and enjoyed tea. The unique beauty of God’s creation here was amazing!
Getting back in the van, we drove north and eventually turned on the King’s Highway (Numbers 20-21) towards Petra. Approaching the Seir mountains (Petra), we made two brief stops before arriving at our hotel in Wadi Musa (located just a block from the entrance to Petra). We enjoyed dinner together before retiring.
We are looking forward to 7 hours in Petra tomorrow! It is one of the seven wonders of the world!
DAY 12 – SATURDAY, JULY 2: PETRA, JORDAN, AQABA