Fun Photo Friday: How to Mount a Camel

girl with long hair from back riding camel in desert

Camels are amazing, virtually sandstorm-proof animals. Three sets of eyelids and two rows of eyelashes keep sand out of their eyes, and nostrils that shut entirely keep sand out of their noses.

Fascinating statistics about camels abound. They can run up to 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour, which is as fast as a racehorse, although I can’t imagine going along for that ride! And they can survive without food and water for up to six months, thanks to the storage capacity of their signature humps.

But have you ever wondered how one actually gets up on a camel, considering your mount can be 6 feet tall at his or her shoulder, not to mention uniquely shaped? If yes, welcome to Fun Photo Friday, where today we feature a video of my own daughter mounting a camel as she prepares to trek in the Sahara Desert.

Not shown in the video is the first step: the very obliging camel kneeling to come a tad closer to your height. Then the hard part: hanging on while you see-saw back and forth as the camel rises to his or her full height!

Speaking of my daughter, please allow a shameless, off-topic plug: She writes a wonderful blog for budget travelers. So if you’d like to know more about camels in the Sahara Desert or other global travels, visit Budget Travel with Gabby.

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