A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to sneak away for a few days at one of my favorite places – Christ in the Desert Monastery in New Mexico. I’ve never found a better place for prayer, solitude, silence and the rugged beauty of the mountain desert. Continue reading
Driving northward from the area of Jericho, we finally made it – JERUSALEM!
I’ve dreamed of visiting this holy city for a very long time and it was thrilling to finally see it as we came into the city. It was already late in the day but even driving through traffic I could sense that this was a city unlike any I’ve ever seen. Continue reading
Saying goodbye to Wadi Rum (and Bertie), we headed south to the border crossing at Aqaba/Eliat and then on to the ancient city of Jericho. Continue reading
I shuffled out of my tent-room as the morning light began to brighten the eastern sky. A hush engulfed our groggy group as we shuffled through the camp and out into the dryness of the desert.
Bertie and I noticed each other immediately, eyes catching from across the crowd awaiting us for our morning adventure. Of course, Bertie was coy and pretended that I was nothing special. For me, I couldn’t help be drawn to her colorful adornments and accouterments. Continue reading
We ended Day 4 of our pilgrimage Bedouin-style with an overnight stay at Captain’s Desert Camp on the fringe of Wadi Rum. This desert camp of tents, some individual and some multi-room, was perched at the base of a large outcrop of rock. An oasis of sorts, complete with palm trees, it offers an interesting type of accommodation quite different from the fine hotels we had been staying in. Continue reading