Petra, Part Two – 80 Foot Ledges And 2000 Year Old Cave Bars

“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.

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March 30, 2012 - 3:19 pm

annabella charles - Insane!!!!!!!

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