Abraham Path; from Orjan to Beit Idis via Rasoun

In the morning we hiked up the red cliff mountain in the burning heat of the morning sun. We were thankful that the Kermes Oak trees provided a lot of shade.

On the 16 km long hike we walked with 2 new guides- Mahmoud, a retired air force pilot and Moat, a nurse. They explained the vegetation and told stories from the area.

Ale and Lorenz are picking tiny fruits from the Jujube tree.

The fruits had a sweet lemon taste and were delicious.

Often we saw signs of the Roman civilization. The village of Qabla was destroyed by an earthquake and has never been excavated. We walked over  buried temples and houses and saw empty tombs and mysterious caves.

The Roman quarry of Qabla.

Every four hours, the voices of the Muezins from the villages around us were filling the air. We even heard their prayers in the Wadi  Zubia, a valley filled with big and healthy oak trees.

Wadi Zubia

At the end of our hike we visited Jesus’  Cave. In Roman times, the area above the cave was already used to press grapes for wine and olives for olive oil.

The millstone of the olive press. The wooden staff was turned by donkeys walking in a circle.

Ancient wine press. Those who made the wine stomped the grapes with their feet in this area.

Inside of the cave, where legends tell that Jesus was fasting for 40 days, the process of making olive oil was continued.

We stayed overnight in a private home with a family with four beautiful children. The whole family was extremely welcoming. The Grandmother of the children showed me how she makes bread.

Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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  1. how gloriously extra-ordinary to simply trod along such an ancient path..
    continuing with the humanity of ancient lives lived…
    sharing the cultivated hospitality of thousands of years…
    walk on
    thanks for sharing such wonderful images with words and pictures
    it pushes at hope in such a turbulent world

    • Hi Maggy, your words express excactly what we feel- there is a place for beauty and peace in the world. Thinking about the amount of violence so close to us right now we feel that there is hope for a peaceful living together. The newly created Abraham Trail was made in this spirit- a symbol of peace for people all over the world who walk the path.

    • Hi Lilli, I have walked many hikes alone and would not hike alone in Jordan The trails are not as well marked, the heat can be dangerous when out of water and communiction difficult when you do not speak the Arab language- like in our case. Guides are not expensive to hire and can tell you a lot about plants, sites, way of live.


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