Hallooo dear Dodopadlers! Miss Peabody here.
Have I ever told you of the time I rode a camel? There were two occasions, actually. The first was when I rode on camel back through the Sinai Desert to the base of Mt. Sinai, in the middle of the night. It was beautiful, with the stars glimmering in the sky. And so quiet, only the sound of the camel’s padded feet on the sand (and his periodic grumbling). Then I had a (very vigorous) hike up the mountain to arrive in time to see sunrise from the summit. Unforgettable.
The second occasion I had to ride a camel was in the Sahara Desert in Morocco. We set out early in the morning to avoid the midday heat. Our camel caravan arrived at our Bedouin tents in plenty of time to prepare a tagine feast! That night the stars blazed in the black sky. Desert skies at night are simply remarkable!
Camels are not the only exotic beasts I’ve used as a form of transport. While visiting the jungle of southern Nepal I rode on an elephant to observe the wild animals. The safest place to be is on the back of the largest animal in the jungle! My group and I rode our elephants in the early morning and watched the cool mist rise out of the jungle as the sun came up and warmed the air. We swayed through the trees and came to a clearing where we saw a rhinocerous family rising from their night’s sleep. Utterly thrilling!
While traveling in Tibet I had the opportunity to ride on a yak. Did you know that yaks are not the great hulking beasts I expected them to be? They are actually quite petite. Yet riding on the back of one is no less exciting for their diminutive size. As soon as I sat on the back of my yak, he decided to attempt to gore the yak in front of us with his long curving horns, in retaliation for some perceived wrongdoing no doubt. So there I was perched precariously on the back of this woolly beast while it charged after its intended victim, which made a narrow escape!
Have you traveled via unusual modes of transport? Do post a comment and tell me all about it!
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