While this ride across America is not all about me, I might as well share part of who I am while I do it. Dreams are a healthy part of life. Everyone should dream… and work towards them! But I seem to have an extra dose of odd dreams. One of them happens to be that I wish to ride a giraffe someday. Yes, I know their backs are slanted and it would take a special saddle, yes I know giraffes are wild and it would take a tame bottle raised one, yes I realize that I would likely be being led around and not using reins, and yes I know it’s a long way to fall! But I am determined. And Richard is such and awesome husband that he even says I can get a giraffe permit and train one myself if I never find someone else’s I can ride! So to avoid that hassle, I am trying hard to find one to ride- even for just 5 minutes!
As we passed through central Kansas, the locals mentioned a nearby B&B that has giraffes, camels, and ostrich races. They were certain that they had seen people riding a giraffe. “You sure you’re not mistaking it for a camel?” I asked trying to maintain calmness. “Yeah, the one with the really long neck and spots.” Oh boy oh boy oh boy!
So I called the place and talked to the owner. Turns out that either some of their employees were doing things they didn’t know about, or our friends were mistaken. They didn’t have a rideable giraffe. BUT… they did have a really tame gentle one that the lady was sure would have been fine with someone riding him- but he was old and they had recently lost him. I missed it. If only I’d heard about them sooner…..
But there is hope… they have a 1 year old bottle raised giraffe that has potential to be tame enough to handle a rider when he gets a little older. She told me to keep in touch with them a couple times a year and see how it goes. You never know….!
BUT… if anyone happens to know a giraffe owner anywhere in the country- especially if that giraffe was bottle raised- I’d sure be interested in contacting them to see if they’d entertain the idea! Hey, I believe in my dreams! Don’t forget to believe in yours!