A Little Photo Essay…Jumping My Way Around Jordan

The wackiest ideas are often born from a single comment, an off-handed remark meant as a joke but then expanded into a full-fledged idea. This is precisely the case with my decision to jump around Jordan; my very first day in the country fellow travel blogger Jodi joked about my recent travels through China where I nailed a perfect jumping shot on the Great Wall of China.

And thus was born the self-proclaimed mission to jump at iconic, historic spots and wide open desert spaces around Jordan…pretty silly but it made a fun task as we traveled from place to place!

Jumping through Petra, Jordan

The the mysterious Nabataeans built the ancient city of Petra, Jordan and the huge city built right into the towering sandstone rocks fascinates me. I love the myth and mystery still surrounding the history of Petra — in short, the Nabataeans were industrious, creative (huge burial tombs, intricate carvings) and super smart (they landed a prime spot on the ancient trade routes).

The Monastery in Petra, Jordan.

Located at the top of a hill inside of Petra Jordan, the Monastery (Ad Deir) is 45 meters high and is still amazingly intact considering the ancient city was built sometime around the 6th Century BC.

The Street of Facades in Petra, Jordan.

The Street of Facades in Petra, Jordan leads from the iconic Treasury into the open city beyond, with vast open spaces and views of carved sandstone rock in every direction once you exit the narrow street.


Jodi Jumps too at the Citadel in Amman!

Jodi and I hatched the jumping plan together (along with Jordanian friends Reine and Halla) and our very first jumping pictures in the country took place on one of Amman’s seven hills. The Amman Citadel holds the Temple of Hercules and the crumbling marble towers stand like soldiers looking over the modern life filling the surrounding six hills, hills filled with the people and suburbia of Amman. In short, it’s the perfect spot to add some humans floating through the air!

Jodi from Legal Nomads jumps at the Amman Citadel in Jordan

Jodi from Legal Nomads.com is so happy in this shot I just had to include her jumping for joy over the Citadel ruins in Amman, Jordan. She injured her back pre-trip so it was a rare treat to convince her to jump!

Jumping at the Amman Citadel in Jordan's capital city.

These giant marble columns were 33 feet tall while the temple was in use during the reign of Marcus Aurelius, and though they fell over time, they were resurrected and make a perfect jumping spot!


The Jumping Continues in Jerash

The ancient city of Gerasa is located in Jerash and the ancient town holds some of the best preserved Greco-Roman ruins in the Near East (and yes, I copied that nearly word for word from Wikipedia). But it’s true, so I felt compelled to add that tidbit of history here. The Jerash ruins sprawled over a wide area of land covered in shrubs and crumbling marble. Many ruins within the city are still intact, with the city’s “streets” and carriageways still clearly visible as you look down from a nearby hill at the ruins below you.

In Jerash and jumping over the ancient Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the near-east.

In Jerash and jumping over the ancient Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, this spot remains one of the best preserved Roman cities in the near-east and the walking through the wide, columned streets give clear evidence of the city’s once enormous scope.

Jumping through the ancient city of Gerasa in Jerash, Jordan.

The well-preserved city of Gerasa in Jerash, Jordan proved an easy playground for the jump-inclined, as well as the traditional tourist too, of course!


Making Sand Shadows in Wadi Rum Desert

Harder than it looks, I attempted to create a really cool jumping shadow picture. Unfortunately, as magical as the deserts of Wadi Rum are, they do not allow me to unattach myself from my shadow Peter Pan style! However, that being said, spending a sunset and sunrise in Wadi Rum stands out as one of the top-ten experiences on my round-the-world travels.

Jumping in the red-orange sands of Wadi Rum desert in Jordan.

A shadow jump at sunset in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of my favorite places in the world.


The Dead Sea Alive with Jumping Action

No travel prose or wild tangents in my imagination prepared me for the surreal feeling of floating in the Dead Sea. The waters in the Dead Sea maintain about 34% salinity (compare that with a mere 3.5 % in the pleasantly salty Gulf of Mexico near my hometown). Because of the high salt and mineral content of the water it’s customary to coat yourself in brown Dead Sea mud from head to toe. Yes, I kid you not, head to toe in mud.

Jumping over the salt rocks at the Dead Sea in Jordan

The Dead Sea waters are so salty the salt builds up, creating a pretty white, rocky shoreline.

The pretty salt rocks lining Jordan's side of the Dead Sea.

My first sighting of the Dead Sea at a lookout point on the way to the shore.

Dead Sea Mud, Jordan

Covered in Dead Sea mud from head to toe and on the shores of Jordan’s side.


Deserts, Rocks and Jumping Off Clifs!

Though a small country to be sure, it takes several hours between the major historic sites in Jordan and days of stretching desert sands. Our driver and guide were oh-so tolerant to pull over at every view-point, and even joined in on the game once they knew the type of open landscapes we loved for the jumping shots. These last couple shots show the endless desert landscapes that lodged in my memory along with the intricate carvings at Petra and Jordan’s delicious pita and fresh mezze dishes.

An epic starfish jump over the deserts in Jordan, taken on our way out of the Wadi Rum desert.

Desert sands in Jordan

The cool blue skies and open deserts of Jordan stretch on for miles and call for some jumping!

A big hug of thanks to Jodi, without her photography talent there would have been no jumping through Jordan and without her shouts of caution when I jumped near a ledge, there may not have been a Shannon either!

The Dead Sea from Jordan

My epic jumping photographer throughout Jordan :)

The Jordan Tourism Board sponsored my Jordan travels, but the experiences, photos, & opinions are my own :)

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41 Responses to A Little Photo Essay…Jumping My Way Around Jordan

  1. Christina Digan September 25, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

    The best jumping shots ever. lol. Love it!

    • Shannon September 26, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

      Hah! Thanks! They are some of my best from my travels, occasionally they turn out pretty crappy no matter how hard you try. :)

  2. Joshua Johnson October 27, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    YOU HAVE HOPS! Seriously, have you considered a career in jumping? You look so natural suspended in the air, so in-your-element. I love this :p

    • Anonymous October 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

      Hehe! It’s my signature jump, so I’ve been honing it for a couple of years now :) Thanks Joshua!

  3. Ottawa Hotels Downtown October 23, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    Jordan looks very pretty. The images are so beautiful and gorgeous..Enjoyable post…

  4. Ottawa Hotels Downtown October 23, 2011 at 5:17 am #

    Great jumping photos. Hope your journey was very memorable.

  5. Anonymous October 22, 2011 at 5:01 am #

    These sure are some places to be joyous of after you take a flight to Jordan for spending your holidays. These spectacular locations surely give a traveller what he wants from the Middle East.

  6. Jillian October 17, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    Love all of your jumping photos! So fun! :)
    The Dead Sea looks amazing!
    What was your favorite place?

    • Anonymous October 17, 2011 at 8:04 am #

      Thank you Jillian! It’s tough to choose just one place, but Wadi Rum had a peace and beauty nearly impossible to describe and when I ever visit Jordan again, I will spend longer in the desert :)

  7. Christina October 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    So cool! Greatest jumping pictures ever! 

    • Anonymous October 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

      Thank you Christina! They are epicly fun to take :)

  8. Nicole Smith October 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    What a cool concept!

    Would love to visit Jordan – these pictures just make me want to go more (I mean, who doesn’t want to be covered in mud! :D)

    • Anonymous October 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

      Thanks Nicole! I really love having a classic shot that’s the same at most of the iconic places I visit :) And Jordan ranks up there as neat with the ability to play in mud as an adult–rarely are we given that chance carte blanche! Safe travels!

  9. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler October 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    Love it! It looks like you can jump a lot higher than I can!

    • Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

      Thanks Christy! I bet you can jump that high…it’s all about the angle :)

  10. Nomadic Samuel October 10, 2011 at 2:13 am #

    These kinds of photos are great to share with others and really indicate how much you were enjoying yourself!  I travelled with a few friends a couple of years ago who were awesome at figuring out posed photos.  I wish I would remember to do more of these myself :)

    • Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 8:21 am #

      It really does help when you are traveling with other people because you not only have the group dynamic of people feeding off of each other with fun photo ideas, but logistically for the photo too!  :)  

  11. Cam October 10, 2011 at 2:12 am #

    Looks like a lot of fun!

  12. Amy October 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    You are a seriously awesome jumper!  (And Jodi is a seriously awesome photographer for capturing it all!)

    • Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 8:19 am #

      Thanks Amy! Props definitely go to Jodi for capturing it all…no easy task because as much as I can jump, I am actually fairly terrible at capturing it for others! :)

  13. Gap Daemon October 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    Ha! You’ve been brain washed by the power kick crew haven’t you!?

    Great photos, Jordan looks lovely – been on my list for ages as one of my future destinations!

    • Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 8:23 am #

      Hah! It is a lot like a power kick and as much fun as that too! Jordan is beautiful and a top ten for me…there is really no way for anyone to not enjoy the country, there is so much history! :) 

  14. Bridgid October 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Awesome post, Shannon! :) The photos totally made me smile. I’ve tried jumping shots, but they never turn out this great. I’d love to see a how-to post. (Like, “How to jump like a rockstar AND catch it in a photo.”) :)

    • Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 8:25 am #

      That is a fantastic idea Bridgid…I will have to see if the Jodi can do a how-to on the photography side, because she is far better than I am at that! Also, if you guys make it back to CM I can give you an in-person tutorial :)

  15. Anonymous October 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    This is the happiest blog I think I’ve ever seen…I love it! 

    And kudos to your mad jumping skillz! :)

    • Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 8:30 am #

      Aww, thanks Sarah! It does make me smile to even look back at the jumping shots! Do you do any signature moves in each place? :)

  16. Jodi E. October 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Ahh – I LOVE this post!! And we had so much fun jumping our way around the country too. I’m thrilled to see how well the photos turned out, but I wish we had Ali take a photo of the people watching us jump because that would have been epic too. All those funny “what are those crazy girls doing?!” looks ;)

    Great roundup!

    • Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 8:37 am #

      Thank you Khun Jodi! Our epic shenanigans must reunite in the next six months or so we can make more people stare and scratch their heads. Best moment of it all though was the 50s-ish woman who wanted you to take one of her too!! :)

  17. Roxanne October 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    You two bring me glee!

    • Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 8:30 am #

      Aw, thank you Roxanne, Jodi is a really fun co-traveler…together we seem to cook up some wacky ideas! :)

  18. Lily October 7, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful and happy jumping photos, they just brought a smile to my face. I especially love the one of you covered in mud :)

    – Lily

    • Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 8:32 am #

      Thank you Lily! The mud one was hilarious to take because everyone around us at the show was baffled as to why we were leaping around! :)

  19. Reine Gammoh October 7, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    I was waiting for this post…thought you had abandoned the idea! Awesome pictures :)

    • Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 8:31 am #

      Definitely not abandoned, but I wanted it to be near the end of my main stories so it could kind of cap it all off with happiness! :)

  20. Sheila October 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    I love jumping photos, which recently have been replaced with planking or owling or whatever they new fad is. However I’ll stick with jumping. Very nice jumping locations.

    • Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 8:35 am #

      I second you on the jumping…I am baffled by this new planking trend…although one of my pregnant friends posted her at 9 months planking and I have to say, maybe the most awesomely hilarious planking photo I’ve seen! Cheers and thanks Sheila :)

  21. Anonymous October 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    What I love about jumping photos is the pure joy that always shines through–how can you not being having fun when mid-air in an iconic spot? Gorgeous photo essay! 

    • Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 8:34 am #

      Thank you Christine! It really is one of those moments where it’s hard not to be having a fun time when you’re leaping around (and giggling at the dozens of terrible ones we captured of me mid-take off)   :)  Do you have any signature moves?

  22. Erik Smith October 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    What a great collection. Nice to have them from all of your travels. I take a self-photo at each site, which I’m saving in a special folder for a funny imovie later!

    • Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 8:12 am #

      The self-photos work too! I love the idea of compiling them into a movie at some point…I have seen similar type videos and they always turn out really fun to see the same type of image but with different iconic sites just over your shoulder! :)

  23. Stephanie - The Travel Chica October 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    You are good at that!

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