A lumpy ride

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We had the car again today, so we all decided to go down to the market in South BH. When we arrived, we found it consisted of two stalls! Needing something else to do, we suggested going to the cricket ground, as Thomas and Sabina had been asking us about the rules of cricket yesterday. We were in luck; there was a junior match being played. We sat and watched the rest of the match, explaining things as it was being played. We think they had a good grasp of the game by the end, and said they would go back to Austria and get a cricket game going! You never know, Austria could be playing in the cricket world cup in 20 years, and it will all be down to these two!

Later that afternoon, we drove to the nearby town of Silverton. It is very small, with only 60 people living here now.

Meet Diane's camel - Baldy
  It has played host to many films (including the Mad Max films) and adverts (usually beer!) that want to use a true outback scene. We had a little explore, seeing the "Mad-Max" car parked outside the pub. After a quick schooner of beer at the pub, we drove about 5 minutes down the road to the start of our camel ride into the desert.

Thomas and Sabina came with us to take photos and wave us off. Diane was put on a camel first, named Baldy. It was quite worrying at first because it was so high! Emma was paired up with a camel called Cowgirl. There were five of us on camels plus the camel man at the front. Off we plodded in a long line into the desert, admiring the scenery.

Once we were out in the desert, the camel man gave us the option of riding the camel on our own.

In our camel train
  Emma's camel was a bit too naughty and would have just sat down and munched on the saltbrush, so Cowgirl carried on being led.  Diane and a couple of the guys did though.  It was funny watching Diane trying to be stern with Baldy, who just wanted to sit down and eat.  Baldy was soon trained though and we continued into the desert.  At one point Emma could hear Diane chatting away a few metres behind her.  Emma soon discovered that she was talking to her camel.  Bless.  They became the best of friends.

As the sun was setting kangaroos started to hop about.  The clouds prevented a truly spectacular sunset but it was beautiful nevertheless.  We plodded back into camp just as it was getting dark and Tomas and Sabina were there waiting for us.

Riding solo
  Emma didn't manage to get off Cowgirl in a very graceful manner, flip flops fell off, she sort of slid down the saddle and was hanging on for dear life.  It had been a very enjoyable evening.

Tomas and Sabina had been to the Mundi Mundi plains to watch the sunset and suggested we drive up to see it.  By the time we got there it was too dark but the stars were out so Tomas spread out a rug and got a bottle of wine for us to pass around.  It soon became apparent though that we could not stay -  we began to hear swarms of mosquito's buzzing around and landing on us in large numbers.  It was such a shame, it would have been wonderful to sit looking out at the stars drinking and chatting. 

We drove back very carefully, passing many kangaroos on the roadside, some of them very young, but thankfully we didn't hit any - our car insurance didn't cover mishaps with skippy and friends!

moorsideman says:
Baldy doesn't look too unhappy after Diane's talking to him.
Posted on: Feb 26, 2007
moorsideman says:
Brilliant stuff - camel riding looks great!
Posted on: Feb 26, 2007
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Meet Dianes camel - Baldy
Meet Diane's camel - Baldy
In our camel train
In our camel train
Riding solo
Riding solo
Meet Emmas camel Cowgirl
Meet Emma's camel Cowgirl
The scene of many a movie
The scene of many a movie
Outback Beetle
Outback Beetle
Up high
Up high
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