Madaba is a compact town that has an important Christian history of it's own.
20 minutes outside of Madaba the landscape begins to change as I drive to Mt. Nebo. Although a bit cloudy a gorgeous view of "The Promise Land" is seen from there.
Leaving Mt. Nebo I am soon in a steep descent surrounded by smooth hills and desert mountains.
"Where you from? Welcome To Jordan". A smiling soldier waves me on.
Another Checkpoint and I drive just by "Amman Beach" and find an empty parking lot. A short hike and I am at the lowest point on earth ...the shores of "The Dead Sea".
The water is so salty it burns my shaved face and leaves an awful taste in my mouth.
En route to the birthplace of Christianity where Jesus was baptized by John The Baptist, we see the Town Of Jericho (The oldest "8000 BC" and lowest town on earth).
Elijah hill is also located at Bethany Beyond Jordan.
There is the "mandatory" souvenir walk as our tour ends but the vendors are not pushy. "Welcome To Jordan".
As if sensing my afternoon hunger I am offered a half bag of nuts by a local driver waiting for passengers. A Little Jordanian Hospitality as I head to my car.