The Adventure to Petra

Trip Start Aug 03, 2007
Trip End Aug 01, 2008

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Yesterday and today were full of history and sights. To start off, we met at guess where, Starbuck's at 7:00 for our jouney to Petra. I ordered a chocolate cream frapp and Kirsten a coffee and off we went. The caravan was the Mancuso's and Eric. Through the drive, we saw many changes in terrain, but not in crazy driving. While driving we saw goats crossing the road and cars had to stop, many mosques and numbers of people selling vegetables. There were stands set up and hundreds of tomatoes and cucumbers for sale. Trucks were hauling like no tomorrow. The land was flat, hilly, flat and back to hilly. It made the long drive interesting. We got into Petra. The city is built high up and you wind your way down into the real city of Petra. I have no idea how far you drop, but it is a beautiful drive. As you drive down, you see old ruins on the outside of the city and only imagine what the newest 7th Wonder of the World is like. We got to Petra about 9:30 and found our hotel. We are stayed at the Crowne Plaze. The hotel has a nice swimming pool and sitting area. The group of us changed, got ready and headed to the visitor center to buy our tickets for the newest experience. Since we are not residence of Jordan, the cost was 21JD - well worth it. The Mancuso's had been there before but were game for another adventure. We started on our journey. You walk down the Siq (gorge) and marvel at the stone wall, the colors, formations and natural design all created by water. The walk to the Treasury was at least 30 min and that was not at a slow pace. The ground was rocky and sandy. You have to wear you best tennis shoes. As you walk you are just in awe of what is around you. At the base of the siq, through the tall verticle opening, you see the Treasury. That was Petra. The Treasury is where Indian Jones #3 was basically filmed. The building is a pink-terra cotta color with tall ruins in the front. Greeting you were camels to take you to the city for a fee as well as donkeys. We looked around and then proceeded to walk to the town part. While walking, you are constantly looking up as there are dwellings high up in the rock. The further we got to the city, the more hawkers there were selling jewelry, rocks and who knows what else. It would be nice to walk in peace. Our walk continued and in total was about 1 hour to the main city. Brown University is doing an excavation recovery and you can see the tops of ruins, parts of the buildings and what were their stores. It is very similar to Pompeii. As a group we made it to the bottom and decided to have lunch. There were three places to go but chose the buffet which was part of the Crowne Plaza. The meal was 10JD. It was a buffet with salad, meat on the grill, salads, hot beef in gravey, potaotes and deserts. Some wanted to walk to the Ministry but that was an hour away and Kirsten and I decided not to go. It was hot and the feet were sore. The walk back was much harder not because it was up hill but the temperature was rising. The rest stops were more often and longer. We thought about taking the camel rides but then we couldn't say that we walked Petra. We fianlly got back at 3:30 and just melted! The sweat beads were rolling and the clothes were quite damp. Our hotel room was a welcome sight! The beds were a welcome relief! I did take a nap while Kirsten showered. The pool was calling and we headed out for chatter time. The Ford-Kendrick's were there as they had already enjoyed the pool. Mary, Joe, Leo and Ruthie are from Msp and it was fun to finally meet them. My knitting came along with me to the pool and as we chatted I finished knitting a pink bowl with fun fir. The time flew by and soon it was time for dinner. We couldn't decided if we wanted to walk into town, ugh, or eat at the hotel. We finally decided to have something light at the hotel. Kirsten and I split a hamburger and fries. It was 9:00 and decided that it was time to head to the room and relax. My stomach started to gurgle and soon the 'Revenge of Petra' came to visit. It could be a long night!!! All in all, Petra was a great experience and I would definately come back again and do the camel rides and go to the Ministry. Another long and super day done with.
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