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Talk about fun!  Cathy and I left Aqaba in the morning by taxi and were driven through the hills of southern Jordan into the desert known as Wadi Rum.  Wadi means desert, what the Rum alludes to I can only guess.  Anyway, our destination was the Wadi Rum village, where we would be meeting up with our bedouin guides for an all day excursion through the desert.  Now, the bedouin are known as nomads, but they are very up on technology, having cell phones, tv's, computers, etc.  They are also very learned, and many know multiple languages so that they can communicate with passers-by.

We arrived at the camp and met up with Mohammad, who had arranged our journey into the desert.  He sat us (along with 6 others who would also be doing the offroading) down with some bedouin tea and went over the plan for the adventure.

Our bedouin guide through the desert
  To this day, I am not exactly sure what does in bedouin tea, and I know it's loaded with sugar, but man that stuff is good.  From this moment on, I can't tell you how many times we had the tea!  I'm going on a tangent again...our offroad adventure was to be 6 hours through the desert, visiting several neat sites before stopping at the camp (in the desert) for dinner and camping.  There was also a bit of a history lesson, as this area was made famous by Lawrence of Arabia.

Before we headed into the desert, we stopped at what was probably the only shop in town to buy some lunch (pita bread, hard boiled eggs, that kind of thing) and some water.  After all, we were heading out into the desert!  For whatever reason, I had pants on when we were setting out, but it turned out not to be too hot in the desert the entire day.

Wadi Rum desert
  In fact, typical of desert climates, it got quite cold in the evening!  Full prepared, we jumped into an old, beat up Toyota that took hot wiring to start, and we were off.  We first stopped at some natural spings near the village before heading deeper into the desert.

White hills, red hills, black hills, red sand, white sand, black sand...it was beautiful out in the desert!  The neatest thing of all was that it was completely quiet.  There were no roads, no footprints, no people...just the 8 of us and our 2 guides the entire day.  Every once in a while you would see a vehicle in the distance, but that was the extent of our interaction with others the whole day.  Talk about a chance to get away!  I fell in love with Wadi Rum.  Not that I would want to live there, but it was a great place to leave everything else behind.

Our camp site
 

After a few hours of offroading, getting stuck, sightseeing, rock climbing, chatting, laughing, and having a great time, we came to a shady spot in the desert.  There, we took a break and had the lunch we had purchased earlier.  After a bit of relaxing, we packed up and headed back out into the desert.  After a short time, we had to stop due to a sandstorm that came raging through.  It wasn't bad, but it made it impossible to see so we just had to wait it out.  After a few more hours of the events listed above (I really wish I could explain in here how awesome this experience was...hopefully the pictures do it some justice), we arrived at the camp where we would eat, watch the sunset, and sleep.

Dinner came first, and there was tons of food!  It was served semi-buffet style, with several dishes placed inside a hut.

Sunset
  There was pita and hummus, chicken and rice, veggies, lots of things to dip food in, more tea...it was great!  After dinner we all went outside and watched the sun set over the hills.  The bedouins then played some music for us on their traditional instruments, and I took the opportunity to check out the stars with no light pollution.  After the festivities were over, we settled into our tents and went to sleep.

The next morning, we woke up early and the bedouin served us breakfast.  After we had finished the meal, we were driven back to the village where we caught a taxi up to Wadi Musa and the ancient city of Petra.

halilee says:
We'll be doing this in spring with our 3 youngest kids.. can't wait!! :D
Posted on: Aug 02, 2012
Biance says:
Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow!
I had to restrain myself from commenting every single picture with just "wow!".
This sounds and looks like THE best experience in the Universe, ever. A trek into the middle of the desert with no other than a real nomad? You just don't get better than that.
I will be eternally jealous of you ... until of course I go to Jordan and do this for myself. (Did I mention that I hate you?)
Posted on: Aug 02, 2007
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Our trustworthy offroad vehicle
Our trustworthy offroad vehicle
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Wadi Rum desert
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Our camp site
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Caught in a sandstorm
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My baby in the desert
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Taxi ride out to Wadi Rum Village
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Some kind of giant pig?
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Bedouin camping in the desert
It's hard to give this place ratings...because it has to be something you want to do! Surely camping in the desert in tents is not super clean...but … read entire review
Wadi Rum
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