Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, Petra was the capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV, and likely existed in its prime from 9 B.C. to A.D. 40. The members of this civilization proved to be early experts in manipulating water technology, constructing intricate tunnels and water chambers, which helped create an pseudo-oasis. A number of incredible structures carved into stone, a 4,000-seat amphitheater and the El-Deir monastery have also helped the site earn its fame.

How cool is it to have your home carved into rock…and not just any rock, but rock that is rose colored!That’s Clawdette’s favorite color, so she really loved this site. I learned about this place from watching Indian Jones! We walked until we came upon the Street of Facades where tombs and houses were built into the sandstone mountains over 2000 years ago. I must say it’s kinda like our mudhuts in the bayou, but in rock!

Cletus Jr. saw camels nearby and asked us to go for a ride. It was a great idea but the camels didn’t want to get up. I think they were on break! At least we got a good photo with them!