This photo perfectly portrays why the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum in Jordan are often referred to as the Valley of the Moon. The the jaw-dropping view above was just a few steps from my traditional goatskin tent at Desert Rose Camp, which occupied high spot atop a rock outcropping. An occasional camel ambled by and the odd jeep kicked up a column of dust as it delivered visitors to one of the campsites scattered around Wadi Rum. Mostly, the vista was of shifting sands in myriad colors and sheer rock pinnacles that thrust vertically from the desert floor. And while I can understand how it got the nickname Valley of the Moon, to me it conjured images of the red planet, Mars.