Friday, January 29, 2010

XIX: Wadi Rum Rocks

Letter XIX: Wadi Rum Rocks You

January 16, 2010
There's so much to say about a family vacation in Jordan's scenic south. And I will say more, shortly. But briefly, three nights in the WadiRum, two in Aqaba, and one at Petra. We had the best of the desert, gourmet snorkeling, and living history. With my camera we have some fine home movies, too. One day, jeeping and climbing in the Wadi Rum, our car broke down. Mohammed, our guide, wiggled the wires under the hood, we pushed, we flagged down the few passers-by. Stoked on sweet bedouin sage tea we were not discouraged and finally, blistered, overheated and pumped we got it started and got back to camp. That night after a delicious dinner we sat around the campfire inside the big tent and shared songs. We went from Bedouin oud and drums to Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land." Then Mohammed and Yusuf suggested Queen's "We Will Rock You." Believe me, Wadi Rum rocks you.