By Amanda Blakley, Contributor, HERE Magazine
I was brought back to reality by Tyseer, our desert safari guide, calling out to our intimate group—a melodic, throaty sound that could only be described as a Bedouin yodel, his blinding white abaya reflecting the late afternoon sun. Six women, all of us diverse in age and background, slowly gathered and joined him at the foot of an enormous rose-hued stone arch. It seemed improbable that nature could create something so uniquely engineered, but I should never have doubted Mother Earth. The wind as her only tool, she sculpted Wadi Rum’s red and yellow sandstone mountains over time, creating incredible rock formations like the one in front of us, the Burdah Rock Bridge.