The Journey to Petra
        Jordan
This is the border crossing between Jordan and Israel at
the southern Israel resort city of Eilat on the Red Sea
(Gulf of Aqaba).  It was nice to see the military positions
on both sides abandoned after the peace agreement.  
Our first stop in Jordan was Aqaba.
Then came the vast Jordanian desert area of Wadi
Rum.  We were told that portions of "Lawrence of
Arabia" were filmed here.  Spectacular scenery.  
Bedouins live here.  They are nomadic Arabs, and this family
raised camels.  The white camels were distinctive.  I was happy
to be in a motor vehicle for the remaining hours of travel.
Petra is canyon country, somewhere down there.  
We would continue the journey after a night's rest.
The trail into Petra was a narrow hike between colorful
rock canyon formations.  2,000 years ago, Petra's
location would have been relatively easy to defend.
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Land of Milk and Chutzpah