Exiting for Wadi Rum, the landscape tells me I am in for a treat. 2JD fee at Visitor's Center (Where Jeep Tours Begin), I take a scenic drive to Rum Village for a camel ride(10JD).
Led by an 8 yr old Bedouin guide we make our way to Lawrence Springs.
As if to break me out of my trance, my guide puts the camel into a sprint and I hang on. I am relieved and go back to dreaming when the camel decides to give my family jewels a break.
Passing Bedouin camps, we arrive at Lawrence Spring where I am encouraged to "Climb, climb.. Take pictures".
On the journey back I ended up with a "Camel Backseat Driver" as my guide hops on board and lets me "drive" for awhile. Later, we are doing "Camel Donuts aka 360's" in the soft desert sand as the camel bellows...
It also take a little help from the neighborhood kids to get Joe Camel back to the "Park".. dismounting position.
"Lawrence of Arabia"
On my way to Petra, I witness the faithful outside of their cars saying evening prayers along the highway as they face Mecca. Daylight soon disappears and takes the scenery of rolling hills and winding desert roads with it.
I fall asleep just outside the gates of PETRA ... Petra Moon Hotel (30JD)