Cold morning at Shobak Castle

Trip Start Jan 19, 2010
Trip End Jan 26, 2010

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Crowne Plaza Amman

Flag of Jordan  , Ma’an,
Monday, January 25, 2010

Dear Blog,

Perched on the side of a rocky mountain that was shaped like a cone, less than an hour north of Petra the impressive Shobak Crusader Castle could be seen through the fog as the driver carefully drove the motor coach up the hill and along the narrowed road leading to it.  Looking outside from my window's seat, the weather was not improving.  It was becoming windier and the bitterly cold could be felt under the dark grey sky. 

As the motor coach came to a stop, only a handful of people, 10 out of 34, elected going out in this crazy freezing weather.  Michel and I were part of the brave ones being warmly dressed for the occasion.

Stepping out of the bus, we were slapped in the face by the howling wind as we proceeded walking up a small hill leading to the castle.  Glancing around me, a dormant valley could be seen way below through the fog patches.  Drizzling rain was just starting as we made our entrances through the castle's door.

Built in the 12th century by the King of that era, the Crusader Castle was the first of many fortifications built around Jordan.  The purpose of the castle was to guard the road and control the commerce of the area as merchants needed permission to travel pass it.

Walking outside in between partially standing walls and ruins became at one point extremely difficult as each step taken, the freezing wind kept pushing me sideways by a few feet.  At one point fearing to be thrown off the mountain, my distance from the castle's edges was kept to a maximum as we continued to explore the grounds.  It was better to be safe than sorry!

After twenty minutes of being in this awful weather, we all decided that enough was enough and all came racing down the hill all the way to the comfort of the motor coach being greeted by clapping hands as we entered the bus.

Thankful for buses comfort!

Monique   :-)
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