My Night in the Jordanian Desert
Part of my adventure in Jordan was spent camping overnight in the Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the moon. I didn’t have too many expectations to be quite honest with you. All I knew is what it was going to be COOOOOLLLLLLLLLLDDDDDDD.
I was visiting Jordan in the month of January, Which is considered their winter. Though the days can reach temperatures of 15 degrees celsius, which is comfortable, the nights can reach the 0-5 degree mark. Which is a whole lot of No Bueno. Those that know me, know I don’t do too well in the cold. Yes I’m Canadian, and No, I’m not used to it. Regardless, I felt I was ready, brought my sweat pants, thermo underwear and a jacket, and yes, my lucky Peruvian hand made tuque (Those who are not Canadian call it a beanie or some other strange name, it’s a TUQUE)
We were picked up shortly after lunch by a few old school pick up trucks. My had my fingers crossed that this vehicule would safely bring us to our camp site. I jumped in the cab and took a seat and enjoyed the ride through the desert, wind flowing through my hair (Yes, I’m aware I don’t have much, but you get the picture). The faster we drove the colder it got, it wasn’t long before the gloves, tuques and jackets were on, trying to stay as warm as possible. Even though it would have been nice to be a little warmer, we were quite fortunate that the day was relatively cloud free and the sun was beaming, making the view of the desert all that much more magical.
We drove for a good 3 hours, and made various pit stops to soak in the deserts natural beauty, I couldn’t help but be content. I was once again experiencing something most people would not be able to witness. Just the fact I was in Jordan, was one. Most people refuse to travel to a middle eastern country. Which is unfortunate because there is so much beauty to witness. Unfortunately the whole Syrian war and media brainwashing has affected this area. I won’t go in much for detail about this, it’s a debate for another type of blog. All i can say is I felt safe at all times on my trip.
We finally reached our camp site which was located literally in the middle of no where. Don’t ask me how to get back there cause I would still be wandering around in the desert, and chances are I would probably not be alive to tell you about it. After super, I got into survival mode, I knew the temperature was going to keep falling and I for one was not looking forward to staying up, frozen all night. I set up my bed with as many blankets as I could find and I put on as many layers as I possibly could. I now felt ready for the night ahead.
Before calling it a night, the group I was with decided we should go for a little walk in the dessert to build a fire and stare at the stars. Often we don’t realize how beautiful it is at night. Back at home we rarely are able to see any stars. At home we do get to see the moon and a few stars here and there, but here in the desert, we were secluded from the pollution so we could see every single star and constellation, it was amazing. I had no idea how to tell the different constellations apart but it was just a view that put me in such a meditative mode. I caught myself just staring into the sky and being at peace. For the first time in my life I saw a shooting star, It was incredible.
As it approached midnight, I settled into bed, socks, jacket and tuque still on. I closed my eyes and prayed that I would be able to sleep a full night. Before I knew it I was woken up a few short hours later, was I cold? No, Had I slept deeply? Yes. Then why was I awake? Ah yes my body decided that it wanted to pee. GREAT!!!! It was dark, cold and I was in the middle of nowhere. I did not want to risk getting up from under the mountain of blankets and lose all the warmth I had created just to go pee. It seems like I have an issue with sudden urges to pee. See my close call story in India. So basically instead of trying to find a toilet, I just held it in long enough until the sun rose. I didn’t end up wetting my bed which was fantastic.
The pick up trucks were ready to pick us up early morning to bring us back to civilization. As I embarked on the ride home I was grateful that I was able to experience this over night journey in the desert. Another check on the never ending bucket list!!!!!
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