“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” e.e. cummings
So for my second day at Petra, I decided to get up early and catch the first shuttle down from the hotel. I entered the park and had heard about a spectacular view overlooking the Treasury. I veered off the main path to hunt for the spot.
I spent the next three or four hours exploring the area off of an amazing dried river bed. I climbed up a large ledge as it rose nearly 80 feet above the path below and spent close to an hour just soaking up the warm sunlight as I sat down to have some time alone.
I even managed to get myself into the one spot where I felt somewhat trapped. Not because I couldn’t go out, but because it meant either risking climbing back up a mud covered rock wall or drop down into a pool of water (that was too muddy to make out the depth) where I could ruin several thousand dollars of camera gear. I opted for the muddy wall and managed to work my way back out.
I made my way back to the main path and explored other areas of the huge park. Along the way I met up with two guys from London. They were heading towards an area I wanted to see and so we joined up for a while. Later I headed off with one of the guys to find the view of the Treasury, but after another couple of hours of searching we still found nothing.
We set a time to meet for dinner that night, and when I arrived at their hotel I discovered that my new friend Martin was there as well. We also had another American join us and we headed out for a nice dinner.
After the meal came the real fun. We piled into a taxi and all headed down to a bar near the entrance to the park. The bar is in a cave that was carved out of the rock over 2000 years ago. We ordered up a couple of hookah pipes (flavored water pipes) and the first draft beer I had enjoyed in weeks. To sum it all up, it was a great day in Jordan.