Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Wadi Ma'in

Last Friday we got a babysitter for the day, and did something we had been wanting to do for awhile...hike in water through canyons. It was such a cool experience! As soon as we arrived in Jordan, all sorts of people were telling us that we HAD to do this. However, it isn't always easy to find someone to watch Micah for the day while we leave the city for an adventure. Thankfully, our normal babysitter, Josephine, was willing to do it for us...which made me more relaxed as well, as Micah knows her and loves her.

We left in the morning and drove about an hour and a half in hopes of going to a place called Wadi Mujab. As we drove, the Dead Sea was on our right side for the majority of the drive, which was pretty neat. It is just pretty amazing to think that we are living in the midst of all these famous Biblical landmarks. It blows my mind somedays and makes Biblical history come to life.

Anyways, Wadi Mujab is a touristy place as you pay and have to take life jackets (even if you don't wear them) but they were completely out of life jackets...therefore our plans quickly changed as it was going to be at least a 2 hour wait until we could begin. Thankfully, our entire group was flexible (which is rare these days! ha) and one of our friends recommended hiking through another canyon that was FREE (yay!) and only about 10 minutes from there. The hike we did was called Wadi Ma'in and ended up being about 4 hours long. You pretty much hike through a few feet of water the entire time. At some points the water is pretty deep and there were also different spots where we could get in and swim. We also got to see several waterfalls along the way which always brightens my day. The water comes from a hot spring, so the temperature was extra warm. I liked that at first, but after awhile it was a little too warm and not at all refreshing. We had one Jordanian girl with us, who definitely slowed our pace down some, but all in all it was an awesome experience. I'd love to do it again :)

The entrance to the hike...

Group picture before we started.

Because we got soaked while hiking, we obviously couldn't take our cameras. This made me quite sad as there was many perfect photo opportunities. Here is just one photo I found on the internet. It at least gives you a little idea of what we did :)

1 comment:

Lauren Williams said...

Kari, that looks like so much fun! in the pic, were you walking through the water, like upstream? sounds fun fun