Wadi Rum and Kerak Castle

Trip Start Jan 18, 2008
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Sunday, April 6, 2008

I went to Wadi Rum this weekend with my program.  We started off at 8:30 AM on Friday and drove to Kerak Castle, a crusader castle.  I was expecting it to be like all the other castles I had seen but it wasn't! It was surprisingly big and had tons of underground passages.  The view was also absolutely amazing.
 
Following Kerak and lunch we drove on to Wadi Rum.  I had fallen asleep on the drive and I remember waking up and being astonished by the desert and the rock formations.  We stopped along the highway to get off the buses and board our Bedouin pickups to go four-wheeling across the desert to our camp where we were staying that night.  We rode for probably three hours and had a break at a place in the desert where there is a famous arc rock formation and also at a place where there is a massive sand dune with a beautiful landscape so we could watch the sun set
 
Once at camp we were assigned tents to sleep in (they had beds though) and then were served dinner.  I didn't like the dinner because I thought they put a lot of weird spices in the food, but supposedly the meat was excellent (which I obviously didn't have).  After dinner we stayed around the fire and smoked argeela and drank tea.  Then we decided to go exploring.  We walked out of the camp into the desert not knowing where we were going but knowing we wanted darkness and serenity in order to see and enjoy the stars.  The sky was lit up that night and it reminded me of times when I would go camping in South Dakota or sit in my hot tub with my sister looking up at the stars.  We walked for maybe two miles before we finally settled on a place.  Then we all laid down and just enjoyed the peacefulness of the desert.  It was a good night.....minus not being able to sleep once we got back because of the freezing cold and people waking up so damn early to see the sunrise!
 
The next day we departed camp at 9 AM aboard camels! It was one of the most fun experiences I've had in Jordan.  I was very lucky because my camel had a baby so I got two cute camels instead of just one : )  The mother who I rode was named Leila and her baby was Omar.  My Bedouin guide was Abdullah.  Omar was a bad boy because he would either run ahead or fall behind or start hitting on a little girl camel or start playing with a little boy camel.  His mother would get so angry and start making noises and then Omar would start making noises back and that's pretty much how it was the whole time because he kept being mischievous!  I loved riding the camel because it was a very relaxing ride, the camels were so cute, it was a typical Middle Eastern touristy thing to do, the weather was perfect, and the scenery was gorgeous.  It lasted three hours but I could have gone the whole day! I had heard from others that the camel ride gets to be too long, but I didn't find it to be that way at all. 
 
After our journey through the desert on camel we arrived at the visitors center where we watched a really corny movie that used very descriptive and hyperbolic English words, then walked through the museum which was very nice, and then ate lunch which sucked because it was the same food as the last night.  Following all of that we boarded the busses and headed back to Amman. 
 
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