Well, Jane, Meg, and Erin ventured far and wide this summer and we came back with some awesome stories to tell.
Jane and her family decided to visit family friends in Jordan! During her stay in Jordan, her hosts showed them the most amazing sites. Among the places they visited were Petra, one of the world’s most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage sites. They then stayed the night in a sandstone cave at Wadi Rum the reddened sandstone has been inhabited since prehistoric times and is home to nomadic Bedouin tribes and was the location of the Lawrence of Arabia film. Then they visited the ancient city of Jerash. Jerash is now considered one of the best-preserved sites of Roman architecture outside Italy. They stayed at the Dead Sea and got all covered with beneficial mineral-rich mud. They visited the baptism site of Jesus Christ, Al-Maghtas. They explored the ruins of Jerash, a Roman city built between 150 and 170 CE and dedicated to Artemis. In between all these bucket-list-worthy sites they hopped over to Cairo to see the pyramids. Whew!
Meg, her husband, and her two college kids, ventured out west to the desert! After a quick stay in Vegas they ventured up north to beautiful Bryce Canyon and Zion. In Zion they stayed in glamping tents with Zion Under Canvas. Meg says it was an unforgettable accommodation, but there was no air conditioning! They planned some canyoneering with Zion Guru. Even as desert temps rose, their canyon adventures were comfortable enough, allowing the whole family to spend hours together repelling down cliffs, shimmying between the red rocks and trekking throughout the beautiful red canyons. What amazing memories they created as a family!
Erin and her family went to their second home in Albania for the summer. Located along the northern coast of Albania, their beachside home allowed her two boys freedom to roam and enjoy endless days of fun at the beach. During their stay they explored some historic Albanian sites like a few castles and UNESCO designated historic cities. The highlights of her visits were the large family dinner gatherings where a roasted goat, lamb, or pig was prepared. Erin’s husband is Albanian and she documents the comedic interactions with her Albanian family and in her blog shemarriedalbanian.com.
Between the three of us there were so many COVID tests, lots of planning, plenty of flight delays and exhausting layovers but it was truly all worth it. After the past year, we all needed to just get out and explore the world...to make sure it was still there. Where did you go this summer? If you have any questions about our travels, reach out to us, we’d be happy to guide you and share more of our experiences!