Until, that is, the people he was supposed to meet with offered up their helicopter.
You see, you can only make the drive to-and-from Aqaba in daylight hours, unless you want to risk crashing into a flock of sheep that has been bedded down on the highway for the night. So you have to spend the night - which is kind of crazy if you only have a few hours' worth of meetings and a full day of work back at the Embassy.
Instead of driving, Bart and his colleagues went to the airport and hopped on a police helicopter for the 1 1/4 hour flight - directly over the Dead Sea, straight across Petra, and on to the airport in Aqaba.
I am beyond jealous. How cool would that be, to fly right over Petra?
I wonder if he could convince them to fly the whole family down the next time he has meetings. Though I imagine my kids would find plenty to fight about even with such a quick journey....