|First glimpse of the Treasury|
|Can you visualize Indiana Jones walking out the door as he did in the Last Crusade?|
|Close up of Treasury Building|
|Gift shop and coffee shop at the foot of the Treasury Building|
|Camel rides available for tourists|
Last stop before lunch was a visit to the church which Rob had helped excavate. The floor is covered with mosaics, one of which looks like a spotted camel. The artist, never having seen a giraffe, rendered a camel with spots since the Greek word for giraffe is literally "spotted camel."
|Mosaic floor of the church showing spotted camel (giraffe)|
|Close up of several mosaics|
|Description at museum about Petra Church project|
|Mention of Rob's contributions to Petra Church Project|
|Kittie sitting in planter box beside our table, patiently waiting for handouts|
The four-hour walk in to Petra was all downhill, which meant that the walk out was all up hill. No way was I going to make it! Of course, there are Bedouins throughout the site who offer donkey and camel rides; I was not the only person needing a lift out. I opted for the donkey ride, figuring it looked safer since I would be closer to the ground. It was still quite frightening as the donkeys walk on the very edge of the road, and I kept visualizing falling off the edge of a very steep drop. I'd have been better off just to close my eyes, I think.
|Here I am leaving on the donkey with Mohammed and his two kids|