Thompson Travelers

Travel is a way to be lost…and found…all at the same time

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Lawrence of Arabia in Wadi Rum

Light, camera, action!  You may not know Wadi Rum, but you might have seen it if you’ve been to many movies where there are miles of endless sand and strange, sandstone mountains in the background.  Wadi Rum means Valley of the Moon in Arabic.

Wadi Rum Desert

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Ever since I saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, with Sean Connery and Harrison Ford galloping off into the sunset, I was yelling at the tv and saying “ I want to go there!”  It’s called the Treasury in Petra, and it has been on my bucket list since then.

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, Petra was the capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV, and likely existed in its prime from the 4th century until 106 A.D. when they lost their independence and the Romans conquered them.  The Nabataeans were nomadic Arabs that moved their herds from place to place in search of food and water.  They settled in Petra, a beautiful area of sandstone mountains.

Petra caves

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Moses at Mt. Nebo

According to the Bible, Moses lived to be 120 years old.  The first third of his life was spent in Egypt as the son of the Pharoah, when the Queen rescued him from a basket floating in the water.  The second third of his life was when he discovered he was a Jew and left Egypt.  The last third was when God called him to return to Egypt and free his people.  Then came the plagues, and you know the rest.  In that last third, Moses came to here, to Mt Nebo, where God showed him the Promised Land.  This was Moses’ last station in life which is why this place is so spiritual and historical.

Memorial Church to Moses built on Mt. Nebo

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