Wadi Rum Camping
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Camping and Trekking in Wadi Rum
My wife and I travel to a new place every year. We alternate years deciding where we go. 2012 was my year to choose, and I picked Jordan. When I told my wife, "We're going to Jordan and Lebanon." She said, "Ok? It's your pick." We flew into Amman and went straight to the Dead Sea. At the resort we rented a car and drove down the "King's Highway" along the canyons to Petra. Petra was the reason we came to Jordan. However, Wadi Rum was such an exciting surprise on this trip. After spending 2 nights in Petra, which was amazing, we headed onto Wadi Rum for a night of camping in the desert. The guide group, Rum Stars, met us at the visitor center to the National Reserve. The guides drove us into the beautiful Wadis in a 4x4. This area was where Sir Lawrence of Arabia helped organize and Arab insurgency against the Ottoman Rulers. Going through the area was breathtaking. We went trekking and stayed the evening at their camp, and the next morning we headed back to exit the national park by camel. My wife and I rode about 3 hours back to town with a guide. For most of the trip, the only sounds were the soft steps of our camels, occasional strong breezes across my ears, and the soft singing of our guide Yozef. We exited the national park and drove off to Aqaba, where we went scuba diving that afternoon. Later that evening I said to my wife, "Camel riding before breakfast, scuba diving after lunch. Now, not everyone can say that at the end of a day." She said, "Best trip ever."
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