jordan: day eight & nine

JORDAN — Day EightWednesday, June 10

Border Crossing into Jordan - Our time in Israel has sadly come to an end, and it was time to say goodbye to Israel and our amazing guides.  Thank you to Abraham and Moshe for all you did for us! You made our trip that much more amazing! We crossed the border and pulled up to the area we would cross over.  Stacy & Uncle Dick took pictures of some soldiers and got pulled off the bus and questioned.  Welcome to Jordan... you're not in Kansas anymore people.  We got all the ok into the country and said our goodbyes to Abraham and we were off with our new tour guide and bus driver. Oh...and armed guard. That's not scary at all.

Mount Nebo - The place that God brought Moses to show him the Promised Land.  And then he died. I always thought that should go in Alanis Morissette's "Ironic"...because isn't it? Anyway, we got to check out the promised land and then we were off. Not much time to enjoy it or anything.  We've got places to go....or a bus to ride on for 5 hours.  Awesome.

Shobak Castle - Next stop....the castle.  We weren't originally going to go to Karak Castle, which I was kinda stoked about because it's basically my name but we went to Shobak instead. I love seeing the ruins of these old cities! The architecture of this castle was really interesting, so it was fun to explore around.

Today was pretty laid back, which was nice since we've been going going going for the last 10 days straight! We checked into our 'interesting' hotel in Petra, check out Brook's experience at the hotel that I slept through!

JORDAN— Day Nine Thursday, June 11

Petra - WOW.  This place is just unbelievable! Since I slept through Indiana Jones (I know, I'm a loser...) I wasn't sure exactly what to expect.  Which I was happy to have it that way to go in with an open mind, and my mind was blown more than I expected!!!

For those that don't know, Petra is a city build completely into the rock.  It took 50 years just for them to finish the Treasury (the largest, most recognized building).  I can't imagine having the patience to do that! The detailing was outstanding! After a long, drawn out tour by our tour guide...we finally got to go explore.  We rode camels (which was something I was really looking forward to!).  Yeah...my camel's name was Jack.  We bonded rather quickly, until he tried to eat my face.  I figured it was safe to keep my distance after that! We even rode horses out, just like Indiana Jones did.  However, I have a feeling his horse had a little more life than ours did.

We had a blast at Petra and although Jordan was a little scary and crazy at times, I'm so glad we went just to see Petra.

Then it was off to the airport for our 12:45 am flight to AMERICA! Hooray!

Coming soon...my favorite highlights of the trip and pictures!

kk