2013: Year in Review

Because it was so much fun a last year

January:  Spending New Years in the Golan, hiking Masada, and staying in this most amazing of places in the Negev desert (home of the HBDP) — all during Jenelle’s visit.

January 5, 2013 | Negev Desert, Israel

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LLAP around the world

When traveling with me, one must take a moment to be photographed doing the Vulcan salute. It is known. (For real.) (Seriously.)

Here’s a round-up of a few of my favorites.

On the wall around Graceland, during my birthday trip there in 2011 with Jonathan, Alissa, and Kate. (After this picture was taken, I can clearly remember Kate saying, “Was the hand thing really necessary?” Yes. Always.)

Vulcan Salute on the walls around Graceland
April 16, 2011

On the grass near the port in Galway, on one bright, sunny Irish morning. (So green.)

on the grass in Galway
October 29, 2012

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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

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About three months ago, I was in Petra. Today, I’m sitting in Washington, DC trying not to look longingly at pictures of the beach. Instead I’ll look at pictures of the desert.

During Alissa and Carlos’ trip here, we spent a few days in Jordan. We stayed in Aqaba, swam in the Red Sea, rode camels in Wadi Rum, and hiked around Petra.

For our visit to Petra, we hired a car and driver to take us there and back. We stopped along the way (obligatory tourist shop and bathroom break) — on one of the mountains in the background you can barely see Petra.

Carlos, Alissa, Jon, and Emily on the way to Petra
March 14, 2013

Our driver dropped us off outside the entrance (which was replete with Indiana Jones-themed gift shops and snack shops) and we bid him farewell for the day before heading through the gates.

Before you make it to the famous wadi, you walk or ride a horse along a trail for about 15 minutes (?I think?). Then, you have to abandon your horse and continue on foot into the narrow valley ahead.

Through the wadi
March 14, 2013

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