Wasting Time in Wadi Rum

On my second day in Jordan, Alissa, Carlos, Jon, and I hired another driver (who ended up being Yusuf, the same person as the day before) and drove out to Wadi Rum for the day.

At the edge of the desert, we traded in the car for camels…

Riding on camels into the desert
March 15, 2013

…before trading in the camels for a truck. We sat in the back of this Toyota for the rest of the day.

trading in the camels for a jeep
March 15, 2013

It was awesome.

Emily & Jon
March 15, 2013

Driving through Wadi Rum is what it might feel like to be an ant, were ants sentient and humans didn’t exist. The sheer size of this place is astounding. For scale: here’s a picture of a truck passing in front of one of the mountains (plateaus? rock structures?).

photo showing the scale: big mountain, tiny vehicle
March 15, 2013

Did you know that Wadi Rum is the largest wadi in Jordan? Or that Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here? (Along with Prometheus, Red Planet, and Transformers: Rise of the Fallen, among others?)

Panorama from Wadi Rum
March 15, 2013

One of the first stops we made was at the edge of this sand dune. I was not convinced that this would be worth getting out of the truck for — let alone taking my shoes off. However, I was dead wrong. It was spectacular.

For a very long time we climbed, we ran, we jumped, we rolled, we sat — and were covered in orange sand by the end. But then we got guava juice back in the truck, so…

Jon sitting on a sand dune
March 15, 2013

There’s a face in that rock!

Face in the rock
March 15, 2013

Beautiful! Gorgeous! Wish you were here!

green growing on the desert floor
March 15, 2013

Another stop was at this rock bridge. Which we climbed and then did the YMCA on. Because reasons!

Doing YMCA on the large bridge
March 15, 2013

Our day ended at the sunset spot, where we climbed this little thing and watched the sun go down.

Jon in front of the mountain
March 15, 2013

(Our Wadi-Rum-truck-driver is the person on the left edge of the rock wearing white, and Alissa and Carlos are on the right edge giving me a thumbs up.)

Driver, Alissa, and Carlos
March 15, 2013

The view was…fine.

Panorama at the sunset spot
March 15, 2013

More like jaw-dropping. Remarkable. Stupendous. Superlative. And the perfect end to an amazing day.

Panorama from the sunset spot
March 15, 2013
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11 thoughts on “Wasting Time in Wadi Rum”

  1. Another great example of finding beauty in every good place. Thank you for letting others in on the experience.

  2. Hello Emily,
    I’m Koei, and I work for Japanese production company.
    I’d like to get a permission to use the 5th photo on this post on our video project.
    Please email me. Thank you.

    Koei Taga

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