15 June 2007
We made it down to Petra today. The weather, really, was very nice but to a soft one, ancient of days like me it was hot as hell! The trip was so nice, though. We decided to go with a guide this time, so that was a good thing and a bad thing. The bad part was we had to endure the constant chatter of a couple of guys from Malaysia and a mad Englishman… Enough said about that.
We walked, so we were told by the guide, about 7 kilometers. For those of you who don’t know how many miles that equals…look it up. You won’t imagine how many people were there today!! It was crowded as hell.
In order to reach the city of Petra one must walk through the mountain in a channel cut by water over several millennia called Siq. This is the only way to enter the city. The walk through the Siq (about 1 mile) was so nice. As usual there was a nice cool breeze blowing through it, making it a comfortable walk. We stopped at several spots along the way for the guide to explain significant figures.
When we neared the end of Siq you can just begin to see Khazneh (The Treasury) as your first view of Petra. The sight will take your breath away, especially if it is your first trip. Even if it isn’t, it is still an awe inspiring view!
We (Zeek and I) decided to take a horse drawn carriage back out of the city to the top of the mountain. That was the roughest ride I have ever experienced. I am so sure that both Zeek and I left parts of our guts along the Siq!!
You will see some of the pictures posted here, and I will tell more tales when I am home.