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Discussion: Psst- wanna buy a camel?

in: kadley; kadley > 2016-07-21

Jul 21, 2016 9:45 PM # 
Having spent some time in similar areas, evokes Robyn Davison's epic journey in "Tracks".
Expect they are banned from competition due to inbuilt GPS :-)
Anyhow - good luck!
Jul 22, 2016 12:18 AM # 
Went by a camel farm yesterday. Tempted, but don't think my butt can handle the ride. So it's all on foot for me.
Jul 22, 2016 12:54 AM # 
Can you put a saddle on a camel?
Jul 22, 2016 1:03 AM # 
Lyn had the misfortune of riding one with her niece many years ago during a visit to WA. Does not have fond memories of the event.
Jul 22, 2016 2:40 AM # 
> Can you put a saddle on a camel?

Ha. Spoken like someone that's never been to his local camel races:
Jul 22, 2016 9:21 PM # 
An old friend of mine lives in Alice Springs and works as a naturalist at the Desert Park - Pamela Keil. I ran into her folks in Tucson a couple of years ago (astronomy is a small community). Pam grew up on top of a mountain in New Mexico. I hear the park is nice. Stop by and say hello if you get a chance. I haven't seen her in 25 years but she might remember me. Looks like she's become a bush foodie - came up with this recipe for "bush benedict" using kangaroo tail, which is apparently common there.
Jul 23, 2016 11:30 AM # 
We had some friends for a time who lived on Block Island with their two camels. The couple split up and we lost touch first with her and then with him. Not sure what became of the camels.
Jul 24, 2016 9:51 AM # 
Was that you on the camel with the flower in your hat? I've heard camels make for an uncomfortable ride. Sympathies for Lyn.

Eddie -- don't know how you could be a bush foodie around here. I know some of the original people still do to some extent, but unlike the eastern Australian bush, I saw no large animals (there we ran into kangaroo, koala, wombat, emu and ostrich). Very arid and no surface water. Plenty of plants so things to eat but a pretty tough existance.

Having said that, the car rental agencies prohibit using their cars here outside the city at night. Likewise the resort hosting the event was 80 km outside of town and said don't even think about driving out after dark.

The desert museum looks interesting and I'll try to get there before my flight leaves tomorrow.

Charlie -- saw some camels at a farm in Woodstock, VT recently. Maybe they moved ashore.
Jul 25, 2016 4:57 AM # 
Visited the desert museum this morning for a couple hours. Took in the displays and animals. Open air show of free flying birds from kites and owls to a very large wedge-tail eagle, all swooping thru the amphitheater.

Sorry to say Pam was not working today, but thanks for the lead on the center.
Jul 26, 2016 2:26 AM # 
Nice! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are re-hydrated by now.

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