After the main Dubai trip, Ruth, LaVerne, Mary Beth, Andrew and I went to Jordan to visit Petra and the Dead Sea. What a great time we had! Petra is always wonderfully overwhelming, and our Dead Sea Resort was the perfect spot to finish our trip in style for one night.
We all walked to two miles down into Petra, including the mile-long Siq - a narrow, deep slot canyon and the only entrance into the mysterious valley.
Andew navigates the Siq
Mary Beth enjoys the stroll down.
The first glimpse of the Treasury through the rocks of the Siq
The Petra Treasury in full splendor!
The myriad of openings in the rocks make for good picture frames!
There is no shortage of opportunities for camel rides, donkey rides, and carriage rides!
The Theater, framed by the cave openings across the canyon
Ruth, Andrew and I made the long, hard trek up the mountain to the Monastery.
This is the beginning of the two-hour uphill climb, which includes 800 steps.
But we made it and it was worth it. The Monastery is a stunning piece of architecture!
The view down over the rugged countryside from the Monastery
View from the 'End of the World'
The mountains in the distance are in Israel. The valley between is below sea level.
Dozens of buildings carved from the red rock
As we drove from Petra to the Dea Sea, the landscapes were wild and breathtaking.
Our first view of the Dead Sea in the distance, taken exactly at Sea Level.
The Dead Sea is over 1200 feet below Sea Level.
Our lovely 5-star Holiday Inn Resort on the Dead Sea
LaVerne and Ruth test the waters.
Some of our beautiful pools at the Resort
Sunset at the Dead Sea