Things have been a bit quiet on the blogging front for the past week as I had the pleasure of hosting my Dad’s cousin and his wife – really more like my Aunt and Uncle! They were with us for 6 days and we all had a fantastic time. In the next few blogs I will write about some of the sights and experiences that we had during their travels in Jordan.
We did a day trip out to Wadi Rum. This is quite achievable from Wadi Musa/Petra for those who are not wanting to camp overnight in the desert, leaving in the early afternoon, doing a 2-3 hours jeep tour in Wadi Rum, and then either staying for sunset or heading back to Wadi Musa. From Wadi Musa to Wadi Rum is about 1 hr and 15 minutes drive.
As we were driving on the road from the highway to Wadi Rum we came across an unexpected sight much to the delight of my Uncle. There at the Wadi Rum Station was a steam locomotive. Of course we had to pull over as my Uncle is a train enthusiast and I must confess that I don’t mind checking out the odd old train having been carted around as a kid to see some classic trains by my Dad who is also a train enthusiast.
The old steamer turned out to be locomotive 85, which has had a paint job in recent years, and occasionally chugs up and down the Hijaz railway line. It was built in 1953 in Japan and delivered to Jordan in 1959 which is the date on the engine plate. It was the first time that I had seen a steamer at the station and I’m not sure what the purpose of it being at Wadi Rum was this time.
At the station we meet up with a Bedouin driver who took us on a jeep tour of Wadi Rum. The spectacular landscape of Wadi Rum never fails to impress with it’s rocky outcrops jutting imposingly out of vast stretches of sand that ranges in colour from yellow, to white, to oranges and even red.
The day that we were there the winds were whipping up quite a bit of sand, but thanks to our Bedouin drivers local knowledge we managed to visit areas were the conditions were relatively clear.
Our driver having a quiet moment in the desert. You can see the sand being whipped up in the background.
Daddy and his little girl.
Alia enjoying playing in the biggest sandpit a girl could ever have.