Desert Bliss at Wadi Rum

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We have spent the last few days hiking in the desert around Wadi Rum. What a place! Unique, colourful, towering cliffs with astounding formations, coupled with vast expanses of soft, red sand unlike anything I have experienced. The sand was tough to hike through with our heavy packs but I can feel my body resetting to a better place and that makes me happy. As does the silence and solitude.

Starting out
Desert boot camp
A warm fire on a cold night
A caravan of camels

Our first morning I was sorting out breakfast when I saw Gord running across the sand with the tent bouncing along in front of him just out of reach. When the wind blows in the desert there is nothing to stop it and when a lightweight tent has nothing in it, it blows away fast. Happily he rescued it with both of them none the worse for wear. He returned out of breath and looking forward to his coffee. Our water drops did not work out as it was too cost prohibitive. We can each carry three days worth so we will do three day stints and then move on. All this to say that he allocates a portion of his precious water to his morning caffeine hit. So when he accidentally spilled it before his first sip it was a Greek tragedy doubled. “Son of a bitch” he muttered sadly.

beautiful little desert flower

T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawerence of Arabia, spent a lot of time here during the Second World War. It’s also where Dune, The Martian and Aladdin, Star Wars, among other movies, were filmed. It’s no wonder. The landscape feels otherworldly!

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  1. Great to hear from you! Stunning scenery!!!! Glad I can experience this vicariously though. Heading to Hawaii for a week to reminisce and get some sleep. My cats are driving me crazy! I thought I could train them but they own me and I’m accommodating THEIR needs. Stay safe and well and thanks for the long awaited for update.🕶

    On Fri, Feb 4, 2022 at 10:36 AM The Flip Side of Fifty wrote:

    > arlenekeith posted: ” We have spent the last few days hiking in the desert > around Wadi Rum. What a place! Unique, colourful, towering cliffs with > astounding formations, coupled with vast expanses of soft, red sand unlike > anything I have experienced. The sand was tough to hike” >

    • Sue you crack me up!! Enjoy a deserved rest in Hawaii. I love this adventure but it is freakin cold! Hawaii sounds awesome. Sending love! And so glad you are enjoying the posts. 😘😘

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