The diverse desert landscape consists of natural rock arches, sandstone mountains, narrow gorges, caverns, and colorful sand dispersed throughout 74,200 hectares!

Along with the breathtaking landscape, Wadi Rum has over 25,000 petroglyphs, 20,000 inscriptions, and 154 archeological sites that can date human existence in this desert for over 12,000 years!

I explored Wadi Rum from the back of a pickup truck with a local Bedouin guide. For a few hours, he and I were the only two in the desert (at least the section of Wadi Rum that we explored)!

Standing outside a cave, between two towering rock formations, we clapped our hands to hear the echo of what seemed to be hundreds of other people clapping their hands as well!

Inside the cave, he showed me the “Bedouin rouge,” a peachy ground rock mineral which makes for a lasting cheek color!

After driving for a few more miles, we came upon an oddly shaped rock formation, with the perfect shape to shade us from the searing sun!

We climbed to the top, sat in the shade, and talked about the desert, his family, our shared passion for photography, and life in general.

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