The July issue of National Geographic features a story about the Out of Eden Walk journey through the Hejaz of Saudi Arabia. The article, illustrated by John Stanmeyer, describes the power of memory—and forgetting—in one of the most fabled landscapes in the world. I invite you to re-walk the old hajj trails with me, seeking out hand-dug wells that once sustained caravans, pilgrims and empires gone to dust.
Next week, we resume the foot traverse of the West Bank and Israel.
There are thousands of wells
in the old Hejaz.
We walk to them.
Sometimes their water is sweet. More often it is salt. ...