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Thursday, April 16, 1998
Wadi Mousa (Petra), Jordan
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Wadi Mousa (Petra), Jordan:
Latitude: 30° 19' 21" North
Longitude: 35° 28' 50" East
From Seattle: 8518 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Twaissi Inn

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Today's Travel:
Country: Jordan
Region: Southern Jordan
Weather: Sunny

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First view of the Treasury from the Siq in morning light Petra, Jordan

Erosion and ruins Petra, Jordan

Looking down at the Royal tombs High Place of Sacrafice, Petra, Jordan

Looking towards the valley to the Monastery High Place of Sacrafice, Petra, Jordan

Snake! Trail down from the High Place of Sacrafice, Petra, Jordan

Colors in rock Trail down from the High Place of Sacrafice, Petra, Jordan

Colors in rock Trail down from the High Place of Sacrafice, Petra, Jordan

Colors in rock Trail down from the High Place of Sacrafice, Petra, Jordan

Lion fountain Trail down from the High Place of Sacrafice, Petra, Jordan

Sheep taking shelter from rain Garden Tomb, Petra, Jordan

Sheep taking shelter from rain Garden Tomb, Petra, Jordan

Looking out at rain from shelter in tomb Near the Roman Soldier's Tomb, Petra, Jordan

Me in unnamed tomb Petra, Jordan

Colors in rock Petra, Jordan

Looking down at the Theatre Urn Tomb, Petra, Jordan

Me in erosion hole Near the Royal Tombs, Petra, Jordan

Mystery staircase, half way up valley Petra, Jordan

Looking down at Theatre Mystery high spot, Petra, Jordan

Looking down at Treasury? Mystery high spot, Petra, Jordan

Looking down at Treasury? Mystery high spot, Petra, Jordan

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 371
Linear Dist: 52679
Countries Visited: 31
Regions Visited: 119
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Hotels: 77
Friends / Family: 98
Camping: 38
Hostels: 126
Transit: 32
Beers: 1467
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Journal Entry:
Back to Petra. Watched the sun move down the face of The Treasury, even more beautiful that last night. Realized how great yesterday evening was, the site was almost deserted - no such luck today. Climbed up to the High Place of Sacrafice to escape the crowds. Pretty much 40 minutes straight up ancient stairs, but the view from the top was more than worth the effort. From the top you could see the storm clouds and lightning, and the thunder sounded so clear and stylized that it could have been an orchestra's kettle drum. Walked down the long way on the other side of the ridge. The colors in the rock were even more incredible as most of the ruins have been more exposed to the elements. Several sudden thunder storms required taking shelter in whatever tomb was convienient, but the heavy down pour never lasted more than a few minutes and the lighning displays were fantastic.

At the bottom I was beat. My cold (or whatever it is) has fought back and seems to be winning. I think it's probably because of yesterday evening's exertions and the lack of sleep last night due to a local wedding with loud music until nearly 4 am. Anyway I opted to spend the rest of the afternoon writting postcards and reading up on and talking to other travelers about Wadi Rum and Egypt.


Related Sites:
ArabNet: Jordan, Tour Guide, Petra
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Jordan
CIA World Fact Book: Jordan

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