You may recognize Petra from "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Here's a one-minute video.
Update: Petra was amazing. Everyone familiar with it recognizes the famous "treasury," which our guide says was actually most likely a tomb for their king. But fewer are familiar with the "monastery." Whoever said that hike would take only an hour got it wrong. It was a grueling three-hour round-trip trek with a lot of huffing and puffing and 800+ steps. It was totally worth it, but my legs ache. I managed it without a camel or a donkey, somehow.
Making dinner was quite fun. Everywhere we go people seem thrilled to see us here. They greet us, wave enthusiastically, and demonstrate that hospitality they are known to value.
Disclosure: The Jordan Tourism Board is covering most of the expenses for this trip, though it exercises no influence over what we say or write about it.