Petra, Jordan: A Dramatic Partnership of Man and Nature
I remember the first time I saw over the edge of the Grand Canyon. It was first light, after arriving in the dark the previous night, and I stepped out of the hotel door and around a corner and gasped so loudly that people turned around to see what was the matter.
I remember the moment Machu Picchu came into view after the short walk from the entrance… you glance to your right and there’s the towering Huayna Picchu, overlooking the citadel you’ve seen in so many photographs.
I remember driving over a steep hill in Cẩm Phả, in northern Vietnam, as the limestone karsts dotting Ha Long Bay appeared in the valley below, and I got a lump in my throat because I’d been dreaming of them for so long.
And now, I will always remember descending into a long, narrow canyon, flanked by soaring, ancient rocks, side by side with my parents, as Petra’s Treasury emerged from the crags in one of the most dramatic reveals that man and nature have ever partnered on.
This is 4th century A.D.
It’s going to be a while before I can pick my jaw up off the floor.