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September 19, 2003
One hump, two humps
Those would be camel humps.
For the last day I was out in the Thar Desert riding a very tall camel whose name I forget. He was a well behaved camel and I couldn't complain. The group was a bit delayed in leaving because our leader (Taesh) fell ill with malaria. He went and bought anti-malarials, took em, and is on the mend. He had to be carted around on a camel cart while the rest of us rocked back and forth on our camels. The camel dudes that were hired brought along a young one they are training and one of the young camel boys tried to hop up on him, and he freaked out. He threw the kid, stomped on him briefly, and ran off. The 10-12 yr old boy got up without missing a beat and ran after the rogue baby camel.
After a few hour ride, we wound up on a beautiful dune filled area. The camel dudes set up camp and cooked us some dinner. The sunset was beautiful, the stars unmatched, and I could actually see the Milky Way. Mars was shining bright and the moon rose pretty late and did not ruin the view of the stars. After they ate their dinner, the camel dudes came and sung for us for over an hour while using a 5 liter plastic container as a drum.
Other amusements were dung beetles. These huge beetles would collect a ball of camel shit and roll it around. Some of the beetles would attempt to roll it up these massive dunes, but always keep rolling back down again and have to start over. We tried to help them by making a path, but still no luck. It seemed to belong in Dante's Inferno or something.
Today we rode back, our sick people were mended and healthy and tonight we head for Jodhpur.
Thanks for all the comments!!
Posted by Claudia on September 19, 2003 08:45 AM