Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wadi Girl

The day after arriving in Jordan, Paul and I went with a friend of mine, Nina, down to one of the Wadi’s (Valley’s/Canyon) in the Dead Sea Basin for a hike. Only 45 minutes from Amman and 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. On the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea there are a number of canyons that have perennial, spring-fed streams that feed the Dead Sea.

We picked one of these canyons and hiked for a few hours up to a waterfall. The entire hike was fantastic, during which we say only 2 other hikers and 3 Bedouin goat herders. At one point in the hike, we had reached an elevation that we could look back and see the Dead Sea through the canyon off in the distance and about 1000 feet lower. Absolutely fantastic!

In addition, during our hike, Nina and I ceremonially burned a copy of a proposal we had been working on for the past month. It was a proposal for a child protection program in Iraq we submitted to the UN. It was a hellish process and we definitely enjoyed burning it!

To finish the trip, we took a float in the Dead Sea, which is the second saltiest lake in the world (after a lake in Djibouti). It has 30% salinity, which is 8.6x saltier than the ocean.

Here are some pictures from the hike. To see more visit my photo site.

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