Taxi Arranged

Horse drawn carriage in Jordan by Eva the Dragon 2009

Off to Jordan tomorrow.

Between my travel companion, Tanya, and me, I think we have all the necessary transportation arranged.  I just hope my hair doesn’t get too mussed up.

On the one hand, when traveling as tourist who is trying to pack in as much as possible, it is nice when the journey and transitions are as painless as possible.

On the other hand, a completely smooth and beautiful trip results in fewer stories to tell.

So the question is – do I set my intention for ease?  or a good story?

Thelma and Louise in Jordan

Biblical map of Jordan king's highway petra

My friends, Real in LA and the Irish Princess, Tanya, and I are meeting up in Jordan for a little Thelma and Louise adventure in the desert.

Acting as tour guide, I pulled out my Bible, the RSV version Pastor Dell gave to me for my confirmation.

Looking through the maps at the back of my Bible, I choose The Exodus and The Conquest of Canaan because it outlines the King’s Highway.  This trade route has been the primary link between Damascus and Egypt for thousands of years.  We will follow it south as my friends want to visit the Nabatean capital, Petra.

Although the incense traders’ Rose City is noted, we will follow the King’s Highway south to Aqaba, then turn left into the Land of the Midian.  Calling around, I found a man who will provide us with some camels and tents once we get there.  He promised to meet us in Rum for a cup of tea before heading out into the desert.

The highway will take us through the kingdoms where the dreaded polytheists – the Ammonites, Moabites, and the Edomites – lived.

But I am not worried.

If we get in a tricky spot, I will follow this guy’s lead and sing Carrie Underwood’s Jesus Take the Wheel.

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