|Yes, we sang the IJ theme song|
over and over on the walk in
Last week I crossed something off the list. I went to Jordan (yeah, the country, not the place in Utah) and saw Petra. Petra, as in the second wonder of the modern world. I spent the first hour nearly speechless. I felt like gasping and spinning in circles. Quite a few of the sites we've seen have been reduced to "piles of rocks" in my memory, and that's what I expected from Petra. I didn't know what I was getting into until I walked out of the valley and saw the Indiana Jones famous treasury.
And if that wasn't cool enough, the sites became increasingly spectacular as I kept walking. In America, nothing is older than four or five hundred years. In Petra, nothing is younger than a thousand years.
For a wanderer like me, free standing ruins were like a birthday present come early. They were just open to anyone, free for clambering and exploring. Obviously I had a blast.
|Mom, dad, it's pretend jail. I promise.|
|So. Many. Jumping pictures.|
|Making new friends...|
|...all sorts of new friends (young and old, human and camel...)|
I consider this a successful cross off. I've never seen anything so beautiful. It was easy to see the hand of God to the right and left as I walked through and marveled at the landscape and scenery. When I was up there, I felt like I could accomplish just about anything. It was incredible, inspiring, and entirely unforgettable. Am I the luckiest, or what?