The drive to Petra from Amman and Jerash isn't overly long and yet I felt like we were never going to get there because I was so excited to see what is arguably one of Jordan's most well known landmarks. So I was excited when, close to sunset, we stopped at what's become popularly known as "Little Petra." Also created by the Nabateans it is close to a present day Bedouin village and not far at all from the larger city of Petra. It feels tucked away even though a large parking lot makes it clear that during the days of increased tourism to this part of the world, we'd never have had the site to ourselves. Golden light filtered through the canyon and illuminated dozens of openings in the rock face. Some feature carving all around them, like this one, some are simply denoted by the cutout stairs that lead up. It was apparently a thriving community in the Nabatean times but today the sound of our own footsteps and the beating wings of small birds were the only sounds to animate the area. Our mouths were silent, open only in wonder and awe.