The great outdoors

Paddling the PotomacAs someone who spent most of her life in Amman, I have never been much of an outdoorsy person. It is simple, Amman is not really designed for the outdoors. If you venture north or south you can get the chance to do some hiking here and there, but other than that the choices are pretty limited. As a result, I turned into someone who dreads outdoors sports activities largely because of my lack of experience and general overall clumsiness. The most exhausting outdoor endeavor I ever undertook in the out of doors was skiing in Farraya, Lebanon more than two years ago. Yes I had a great time, but the poor husband spent over four hours teaching me how to ski and I still didn’t really get it.

Skiing at FarrayaIt took me forever to learn the basic steps of skiing and I had more than my share of falls. In addition, I made sure to inform everyone who was skiing in Farraya that day of my presence
by bumping into them and making them lose their balance and plunge directly into
the snow.
I must admit, though, I had a great time despite all the embarrassment I experienced. Yesterday marked another day of outdoor activity for me. As it happened to be the Memorial Day holiday, we decided to go to the Potomac River with our friend euroarabe.

This time the outdoors was canoeing — a first for me. I was relegated to the middle of the boat with the husband and eurorarabe occupying the back (or sternman) and the front (bowman) positions respectively. I have to admit, I did not have to do much rowing, as the bulk of the work was assigned primarily to the front and the back-end rowers. However, I did get hold of a paddle and decided to help out. I thought it was pretty impressive that I did not manage to flip the boat, as I’d been dreading. Somehow I managed to stay balanced, against all odds.

Cruising the Potomac River and looking over at the city of Washington was simply stunning. The weather was also perfect and everyone around us seemed to be enjoying their time on such a warm summer day. Would I do it again? In a heart beat.


  1. hareega May 30, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    you’re a bit lucky to have water and ice, here in tucosn there are no rivers (we’ve got River Street šŸ˜‰ no lakes no beaches and no ice , it’s 102 degrees outside.

  2. jareer May 30, 2006 at 10:12 pm

    On the other hand, they do not have cactus !

  3. dm May 30, 2006 at 11:01 pm

    I absolutely love being outdoors!
    As far as skiing goes, if it makes you feel any better, the one time I actually made an attempt at it I took lessons and still managed to get myself kicked off of the bunny slope for being “too dangerous”. I still had no idea how to stop–even after countless hours of lessons. The sad thing is that I am very athletic! Pretty pathetic, huh?

  4. Blue May 31, 2006 at 11:01 am

    From the pictures, i should say it looks pretty cool.

    But as for ” but other than that the choices are pretty limited”….perhaps u should reconsider that again :p

    You can go camping, skiing, paint ball :p, and so so many other activities in jordan…..probably not ice skiing though šŸ˜‰

  5. Craig Turner May 31, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    “….general overall clumsiness.” This line cracks me up for some reason! I laugh everytime I read it. Take care.

  6. Jeff May 31, 2006 at 4:07 pm

    True Blue šŸ™‚ but not so much in Amman proper. It took me a bit o’ work to get her out of the city ;-P but it’s had it’s dividends.


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