After a huge amount of driving we finally arrived in Broome. It was not quite what we had expected and the local expression 'welcome to Broome time' could not be more true. It is a very laid back place and no one is in a rush to do anything. Anymore layed back and people would fall over. It is the wet season here so we have had rain, lots of it but it doesn't get much cooler. It is very humid and feels like another country.
In the evening we went to look at Cable beach. It is another really beautiful beach but we couldn't go in the sea because it is stinger season. Not that it mattered we were there for the Camels. Admittedly Camles in Australia does seem a bit odd but they were brought over because of their ability to deal with the heat, (they don't start sweating until they get to 120deg C!) and carry heavy loads long distances. They are amazing creatures and at first we were confident and excited - stroking them, having our photo taken next to them even climbing on. But all that turned to utter fear in Rachel when the Camel stood up. They kind of lurtch forward and stand in two stages reaching a height of 6ft. Rachel's knuckles were white for half the ride as she was holding on so tight. Then we started to relax and enjoy it, even removing both hands for a photo.
Our Camel was called Murphy and he had trekked from the most westerly point to the most easterly point of Australia in 9 months, which apparantly for camels is very quick. I hope it doesn't take us that long to reach the east coast.
We were really lucky because we had a beautiful sunset to watch during our camel ride and it was a fantastic experience. Until of course it came to getting off the camel, which was when all the fear came rushing back and Rachel once again held on for dear life as the camel lurched forwards and sat down. It all sounds a bit distressing but we both had a fabulous time and would do it again tomorrow if we were staying.