We were thrilled that Mahmoud, our wonderful driver/guide/cook from yesterday, would be with us again today. But sadly we had to say goodbye to Ben and Dominik who were going camel riding for a couple of hours before leaving Wadi Rum. I hope Ben managed the camel ride OK as he had been sick the night before and the thought of being jostled up and down for even a couple of hours with an upset stomach didn’t sound like the best medicine.
One of the few times we saw camels roaming the desert with no handler.
Steven carried his backpack and our precious bottle of water for a good part of the way before Mahmoud kindly took it from him and carried it the remaining way up and back. Oh, to be young and agile!
I chose to bring my scarf I had picked up in
My ‘cairn’ series of shots follows!
|Intriguing seeing the different terrain as we climbed the mountain; a small part of it was a rocky path, another just sand, then of course the steep parts where you needed all your wits about you.|
Mahmoud had climbed the mountain several times before, he explained, so knew generally the easiest ways to take 2 old folk up but even he had to ask us to wait a few times while he went ahead and scouted out the best way to proceed. We didn’t mind at all his telling us to wait as it meant we could just sit back and recoup our energy before continuing our ascent! Mahmoud made a point of saying to us any number of times that we only need tell him when we wanted or needed him to stop so we could rest our weary bones.
The only flower we saw as we huffed and puffed our way to the summit.
|Four Israelis had summited before us but from a completely different direction.|
Wonderful relaxing for a while and watching 4 desert rodents taking turns drinking water from the bottle cap Mahmoud had filled.
Our guide/cook/driver, Mahmoud, at the summit. He’s a fairly big smoker but he conveyed that it was difficult for even him to climb to the top because of his decreased lung capacity – even so, he smoke a few cigarettes on top.
Finally back by the truck at which was such a wonderful feeling after leaving it for the big climb about 9:30. We left immediately to find a shady place to prepare lunch as we'd certainly earned some hot food after all that strenuous activity.
Interesting lines in the hard rock face.
A huge amount of camel hair near where we ate lunch. I have no idea how it came to be there.
Loved the pale, almost peachy color of these rocks I collected. Little wonder why my suitcase is darn heavy to lug around!
Mahmoud talked to this sheep herder and discovered he’s from
A selfie from the back of the truck just on the off chance you might have forgotten what we both look like!!
Again, more of the gorgeously rippled sand I’ve always associated with the word ‘desert.'
Wonder what caused these whispery lines in the sand?
What a sight to behold after another long day in the desert: Bedouin Lifestyle Camp, our home away from home for another night.
We only saw 8 people the entire day until we returned near the camp – how amazing is that!
Photos of the bathroom I promised you in yesterday’s blog!
The shower area, just to the right in the photo above, shows how the bathroom was built right up to the rock.
The best of all in my opinion: Steven returning ‘home.’ I know that may sound schmaltzy to the extreme but that's the way I feel even after traveling and being together virtually 24/7 for about 90 days by this point.