It was quite a hike to the top of Jebel al-Qala'a, one of the highest points in Salt. Fortunately, there was a pedestrian staircase that zig-zagged up the hill. It was a bit of a shortcut and meant we didn't have to fear speeding vehicles around every blind corner. The staircase winds in and out of normal residences, some of them very old. Here is a group of kids that met us around one corner.
Almost to the top! It was worth the hike, even if a lot of it was through basically a garbage dump. There were a few old homes along the staircase that were no longer inhabited, and so by default, they became the neighborhood landfill. Yuck.
There is not much at the top of the hill except this mosque (and a Turkish cemetery). There were some youth playing soccer and flying kites. One of the kites got stuck on the minaret of the mosque. This situation was greatly distressing to Miriam, who couldn't stop talking about it. So I was grateful when the poor boy finally got his kite unstuck and went back to flying it.
Neighborhood boys playing soccer in the shadow of the mosque.
On the way back down the pedestrian staircase, we held our breath and ran down the disgusting parts. If anyone is looking for ideas for an Eagle Scout Project and wants to do it in Salt, Jordan, let me know.