In early December, I learned I had the opportunity to take three weeks off from work, a vacation that long being a rare treat. My head was spinning with all the opportunities of places to visit, things to see, and of course, mountains to hike! Time was running out to plan, so I made a leap of faith and chose to visit the Middle East - specifically, the Wadi Rum desert of Jordan. I've always been enthralled by the desert, the people and the incredible amount of history that has been so influential to modern-day civilization.
Sand, rocks, and salt are not usually on my must-see list when I set out for an adventure. I am usually drawn towards lush forests and vast mountainscapes. So when my husband wanted to plan a trip to Death Valley National Park, I was skeptical. I couldn't imagine how visually stimulating the desert would be, but boy did Death Valley surprise me in so many different ways.
Lush forest, vibrant lakes, massive waterfalls, glowing golden larches, and over 80 km of trails – Lake O’Hara is something out of a dream. Every step I took in this beautiful park left me in awe. Not even 3-days wandering around this magnificent place is enough to take in all its beauty.