What better way to chill in the summer than hiking in a canyon!
Whether you are a hiker or a pilgrim, summiting Petra Mountains is an exceptional experience. One Mountain, however, offers the most satisfying experience!
Whereas many perceive the Black Desert as a place of death, I see it rich with life!
With a sturdy 4by4, some extra gasoline, spare tires, water, and the company of experienced friends, I went in an off-road adventure to find out how the Black Desert provided the early settlers with the necessary means of survival. But what I saw surpassed all my initial expectations!
A lot is already said about Jordan’s Jewel; Wadi Rum “the like of which was never created in the land”. All I can say “if you are looking for a place far from the hubbub of the city, Rum is the place to be”.
What better than a breathtaking landscape with its amazing soothing colors, incredible night sky, and the great company of the Bedouins.
To me, a day in the desert is worth a lifetime in the city.
Enjoy the photos 🙂
Writing & Photography
Di Taylor and Tony Howard are two adventurers who visited Jordan for the first time in 1984. They wanted to discover the climbing and trekking potential of this country. By the time they were done, they have mapped out trekking routes that pass through some of Jordan’s most beautiful locations.
I have consulted their book “Walks, Treks, Climbs & Caves in Al Ayoun Jordan” to hike the densely forested part of Jordan.
The photos I have taken during my hike in Zubia forest, Ajloun in the north reveal the extent of the beauty Jordan is endowed with.
I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I have enjoyed taking them 🙂
PS I started this hike from Tibna Village down to Wadi Atat and up again. Coordinates
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A hike in Jordan in never a sensual experience confined to admiring the beauty of nature. More likely its a hands on learning experience whereby amazing nature & ancient history join to offer a unique experience that stimulates ones senses and mind with every step taken.
My latest hike in Wadi Dana was a case in point. I saw many things; plants, animals, insects, copper, stars and much more. Some things I was able to define, others were new to me, some I still can’t define.
John Muir once said “of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt”.
Whereas most of his dirt paths were in the green vegetation of California, mine are in the Middle Eastern deserts. Nonetheless, the outcomes are one; endless joy and many discoveries; the best components of an adventure 🙂
“The view which the Mujib represents is very striking … the valley looks like a deep chasm formed by some convulsion of the earth into which there seems no possibility of descending to the bottom.” (J.L. Burckhardt, 1812) quoted in “Trekking and Canyoning in the Jordanian Dead Sea Rift” by Itai Haviv