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Four Photos and Stories About What We Did in August


Baby Elephants Napping
We just walked down the hill from our hotel, Jabal Amman, and then up the hill on the left, and we saw the Temple of Hercules in the Citadel on a hill about a mile away. Up close, the remains of these structures from Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic times were very impressive. It is difficult to imagine how these huge heavy rocks were lifted and pieced together so well that they are still standing there today.


Jordan, August 2021









Anderson
We walked through the incredible cliffs of Petra Ė and sometimes we were the only people there. We were told that before Covid, there were sometimes 100,000 visitors there on any given day. This route through the mountains was used by the caravans of traders going from Egypt to Turkey with camels.

Jordan, August 2021












Marion
We went to Jerash, which is an hour drive north of Amman, and saw the temple of the Greek God, Zeus. The current structure, built on the ruins on of an earlier sacred site, was erected in 162 AD.


Jordan, August 2021











Solar Borehole
Moses saw The Promised Land from the top of MT Nebo. It was hot and very hazy the day that I (Marilyn) visited this site, while John was in isolation back in our hotel room. I didnít think The Holy Land looked very promising Ė and Iím really glad that we were not wandering around out there in this barren land in the heat with Moses for 40 years.

Jordan, August 2021