Bedouin for 1 night

Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
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Trip End Sep 26, 2010


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Sunday, September 19, 2010

It was a quick drive from Petra to get to Wadi Rum. We arrived at the entrance to the desert and stocked up on supplies at the small shops. Big rocks towered down over the red sand.
 
We had a jeep safari planned to take us out to our camp in the desert, stopping at lots of interesting places along the way. There was a camel watering hole and we saw lots of camels drinking and then wandering slowly back out into the desert in true camel fashion. It was pretty cool to see wild camels just roaming around. Then we found a huge red sand dune and it didn't look very high but climbing it was exhausting and super hot on the feet. Water please! We saw some inscriptions of camels and codes on a rock wall. Bedouins could decipher these codes if they were on a caravan journey and find out where water was. Finally, after three jeep breakdowns and one blown radiator, we made it to a giant rock archway and climbed up that for some great photo ops and power poses.

On to camp. It was basic but wonderful. We had tents but I opted to drag my mattress out into the clean red sand of the desert and set up my bed there. We climbed a rock for sundown and it felt great just being out there seeing the tiny dots of wild camels wandering around in the distance. Dinner at the camp was excellent. The Bedouin guys served us chicken and potatoes that had been cooked under the sand for two hours. It was accompanied by other tasty treats and loads of Bedouin tea. We had some fun activities and games at the camp as the night got older. Most people ended up getting tired and slept at 10pm but I wasn't tired so I wandered off into the desert for a night hike. I found a good rock after about 30 minutes and climbed up top and just sat up there for an hour enjoying the life. It was my birthday the next day and I just wanted some time to think about the past year and everywhere I had been. The moon was super bright and the visibility was excellent. The silence was stunning and absolute. It was a magical experience. I made it back to camp before midnight and stared up at the stars and moon and rocked my favourite mp3s to bring in my birthday. It was the best way I could imagine to spend the last day of being 27.

I had a great sleep and only woke up twice during the night. Once, camels wandered right through camp and another time I woke up at 4am to put on an extra shirt because it had gotten quite chilly. By this time the moon had disappeared and the stars were simply unbelievable. Breakfast was simple but lovely and it was a great way to start my birthday. I went for one last climb and looked down on camp and over the huge expanse of red sandy desert before we had to leave.

My time out in Wadi Rum was one of the highlights of the trip for me. It was spectacular.

Cheers!

-js
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