Josh Byers


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Petra Rocks

We crossed the border into Jordan today. We are only a couple hundred miles from Iraq. That is a Petra, Jordansobering thought, and as Dr. John said "I have never felt so far from home." In spite of that, I had the best experience of the tour yet. We had the opportunity to tour the ancient city of Petra. I wasn't sure what to expect. All I knew is that there was one incredible sculpture carved into the rock that was featured as the resting place of the Holy Grail in the last Indiana Jones movie. What I didn't realize is that is was an entire city carved into the rock. I think I was more in awe of Petra than I was at the pyramids. The sheerness of the cliffs and the fine detail of the stone work was absolutely stunning. I would have never imagined something like this existed. Words and still photos will never do it justice. You have to walk down the canyon under the arching ancient rocks, see the Byzantine columns carved in perfect detail stretching over 50 ft high. You need to run up the stairs of the 3000 person amphitheater carved into the side of the mountain. It is really unexplainable and one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

Short story of the day: It actually happened last night, but Joe was buying a pair of sunglasses from a street vendor, and the vendor remarked "I have only one pair that fit your big head. It looks like an orange on a toothpick..." Okay I made that last phrase up, but he did say he had a big head.

Highlight of the day: Walking through the canyon and seeing the temple carved in the rock.

Lowlight of the day: Paying $4 for an 8oz can of Pepsi.

Tip of the day: Always ask how much something is before you order it.

You've been great, I'm outa here.