Sunset in the Desert
A secret to both you and me… PhillyBoy and I were to have a second wedding celebration in Jordan! My Auntie Grace and Amo Hanna planned the whole thing, and it was an evening I don’t think anyone will ever forget.
I left my heart in Wadi Rum.
A short aside… the first year of marriage for my lovely husband and I was not perfect. We had our moments of pure bliss, but we also had our moments of discord. I believe it all comes with the territory. There were a lot of changes all at once, namely getting married, me moving away from RI, and suddenly living together. Our trip to Jordan, and especially our afternoon and evening in Wadi Rum, solidified our relationship like nothing I could have imagined. I feel like the desert brought us closer together than ever.
The desert has pink sand. And camels. And clean, purifying air. And gorgeous sunsets. And stars! Stars in every direction of the sky. Shooting stars every moment.
It was beautiful.
Everyone in the group knew there was a surprise related to the desert. However our itinerary simply said “Wadi Rum for a great time” and no one knew what to expect. We arrived at the town at the edge of the desert in the early afternoon and hopped into Jeeps. They actually look like pick up trucks and are quite old and beat up, but they make the desert experience even more fun. We piled into 5 or 6 of them and began our journey into the desert. (Click smaller photos to enlarge)
A fun, bumpy ride later and we arrived at our first long stop: The Sunset Toast.
My auntie and uncle had arranged a champagne toast to celebrate love. We were at the top of a sand dune facing the sunset, and we enjoyed the moment as a family. Yes, by then we had all become a beautiful, happy family. We took some fun photos, drank refreshing champagne, had a few snacks and hung out. Originally they had planned a different location, but the Royal Family called and asked if we would mind changing locations.
It was perfect.
I was so happy. My heart, full.
The sun set, and we all hopped back into our Jeeps. This time, we were headed for the real surprise…
Previous Jordan posts:
Planes, Cars & Family
Jerash & Figs
I miss the Dead Sea
Karak Photo Shoot
*Note: Photos were taken by various members of our group.