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Day 77 - Saturday 21 July 2012

Broome

After picking up some papers we went to the Market at the Court House for a wander around. It was quite a good market with the usual choice of crafts, jewellery, clothing and food stalls. The market operates between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

In the afternoon we headed for Cable Beach for our sunset camel ride. There are three camel ride operators working the beach with about 20 camels each - red camels, blue camels and yellow camels - ours were the camels with blue saddle cloths. We arrived early and watched the previous half hour ride group return and dismount. We were briefed on the background to the Company - the owner who led the camels has had 29 years experience working with camels.

We were shown how to mount our camels and what to expect on the ride, then we were paired off with the camels. We were allocated to one of the larger camels - Kabul - a 13 year old male camel. We mounted the camels while they were sitting down and had to lean back and hold on the straight arms while the camel stood up back end first then front legs. At first you feel as though you are a long way off the ground, but as the ride commences you soon get used to the motion of the walking camel - though we would not like to be on a running camel.

There were about 5 camel handlers walking beside the camels answering questions and keeping an eye on things - they also took our cameras and took plenty of photos for us - they seemed to be quite adept with all sorts of cameras and took some good photos for us It was just a magic ride with the sun setting over the Indian Ocean. There were lots of 4WDs on the beach with people having drinks while watching the sun set. Towards the end of the ride Nick and Christine Tall and David Long arrived to watch the end of the camel ride and take some photos of their own.

Dismounting is in reverse where the camel kneels down front end first and you have to hold on so as not to go over its head before the back end goes down and the camel settles on the sand. After dismounting everyone is given a carrot to feed to the camels. At the end of the day the camels are walked about 4 kms to the farm where they are kept - each with its own flashing light.

After the camel ride we had a chat with Nick, Christine and David before bidding farewell - tomorrow we head north to Derby and the Kimberleys, while they are heading south to Barn Hill then on the Eighty Mile Beach.

David and Di posing with a camel

David and Di posing with a camel

The Camel train having a rest

The Camel train having a rest

Our camel - Jabul

Our camel - Jabul

David and Di on Jabul

David and Di on Jabul

The leading camels

The leading camels

End of the Camel Train

End of the Camel Train

Flat feet - made for sand

Flat feet - made for sand

The camel behind us kept trying to pass

The camel behind us kept trying to pass

Shadows of the camels on the sand

Shadows of the camels on the sand

Camel train near the end of the ride

Camel train near the end of the ride

The leader with the first camel

The leader with the first camel

David and Di on Jabul at sunset

David and Di on Jabul at sunset

Sunset at Cable Beach

Sunset at Cable Beach

Jabul with his carrot

Jabul with his carrot

A new moon over Cable Beach

A new moon over Cable Beach

Posted by TwoAces 05:49

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