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The road to Petra

Our journey started in Eilat, the Israeli city on the Red Sea. We crossed the border into the twin city of Aqaba, the port city of Jordan, then took the double carriage highway north towards the capital Amman.

The road rises through barren mountains to a plateau, with desert vistas and isolated mountains, then west on the King’s Highway, a narrow tar road that runs along the lip of the plateau before dropping down into rugged broken country, a desert of canyons and precipitous peaks.

Finally there is a three mile hike into the wadi, dropping hundreds of feet, the narrow canyon flanked by vertical walls of sandstone, and the increasing evidence of an ancient civilization, carving tombs and homes into the rock faces, some of them a glorious testimony to the artistic talent and perseverance of a by-gone age.

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