Where We Be
Wadi Rum, Jordan -- Jeep Tour & Camp
Wadi Rum is a get away from it all destination
where you can drink hot tea in the middle of
nowhere and revel in the isolated splendor of
its sand dunes and mountains. Wadi Rum
means high valley, and when you look around
you can see why. Jordan's highest mountains
are right here: Um Dami at 1,840 m (6,040 ft) and
wonderfully named Jabal Rum in the central
Rum. These peaks are sometimes capped with
snow! Also known as Valley of the Moon, Wadi
Rum feels otherworldly at times, which is why it
has served as the setting for quite a few sci-fi
movies like
Prometheus and Red Planet.

If you come, be sure to spend at least one night
in a Bedouin tent -- or sleep directly under the
stars if you prefer. We all sat outside on a mat,
chatting and drinking tea late into the night as
the full moon shone down on us, softly lighting
the mountains in a whole new way, and we can
tell you it was a special experience. Bedouin
hospitality is worth experiencing firsthand.
We walk through a narrow fissure in the cliffs...
...Up and over red sand dunes...
...And down the other side for a splendid valley view
The sun slants in sideways at this time of day, saturating the rocks and sand
This really is a spectacular desert
With half an hour left till sunset, the desert glows golden
From here you can also see Burdah Arch in the distance. Getting to this natural rock bridge requires a significant hike.
Some of the local guides find their own way to pose at Um Frouth Arch
If you aren't afraid of heights, it's an easy scramble to the top -- and what a dramatic setting for a photo
Atop Um Frouth Arch as the late afternoon sun turns the distant mountains golden
Um Frouth Arch
Desert Drive & Walk
Our last stop of the day is Chicken Rock, a unique two-legged rock
The sun sets over an unspoiled corner of the world
We're on one rock outcropping and another group of tourists is on another. Chicken Rock sits in between.
In the other direction, the full moon rises higher
Life seems simpler from here
We watch the wind create new ripples in the sand one particle at a time
Our guide walks barefoot to the top of a small sand dune so we follow suit. At this hour the red sand feels warm and inviting on our feet.
We sit and enjoy the sunset views in one direction and the full moon rising in the other
Then it's back to the jeep for another short drive and another great view
Our guide relaxes while we do some local exploring
We drive to another part of the desert during a lovely time of day when every rock formation seems photogenic
At this remote spot we pull off and go for a half-hour hike through the desert
Small Sand Dune
Chicken Rock
Bedouin Camp
Our camp is in the white desert amidst the rocks, secluded and away from other tourist camps
After warm showers (desperately needed after a hot and sandy day), we enter the large communal tent
and enjoy a delicious Bedouin barbecue called a zarb, cooked outdoors in a pit beneath the sand
Hot sweet tea accompanies the meal and is also available afterwards
It's a warm night, so after dinner we all sit on a mat
under the full moon and chat until midnight
We had a wonderful experience with Bedouin Directions and would heartily recommend them if you visit Wadi Rum
Robin peeks out of the tent first thing in the morning
Our private Bedouin tent has two simple cots for sleeping. At first we sleep
with the covers thrown off but it gets cooler as the night progresses.