CAMEL CROSSING & ROBYN DAVIDSON
A TRUE STORY
Just recently I found a movie on Netflix called Tracks. It tells the story of a woman named Robyn Davidson several month journey crossing the Australian Desert using Camels. The film was released in 2013, but the actual trip took place in 1977. Robyn traveled from Alice Springs (my favorite chicken dish at Outback Steak House) across deserts to the Indian Ocean.
A photographer named Rick Smolan working with National Geographic documented the trip and actually helped grease the wheels between Robyn and National Geographic to help fund her trip.
Here is a link to National Geographic and Rick Smolan speaking about the experience of documenting this amazing trip.
Robyn wrote a book titled Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of the Australian Outback. I have only seen the 2013 film so far and highly recommend it. I have ordered the book and might add to this after I have read it.
Here is the link to Amazon where I ordered the book if this interests you.
It is a film, so I do not know how technically accurate it is, but overall it is a terrific story. I did not realize it until a little while later, but I saw photos of this in National Geographic as a kid. I used to spend hours in the school library looking at National Geographic magazines. Found this image of the original cover on pinterest. I think I will try to find a copy of the original of this National Geographic issue as well.