How to Ride an Ostrich

They almost didn’t do it. Ostriches hadn’t been a part of our itinerary.
The trip out to the sand dunes of Mui Ne was about getting out and seeing the landscape of the area, not funny looking birds. We climbed the dunes as the wind spat sand at us and we had a great time exploring the small tidal pools at its base. And then we headed back to the jeep.

sand dunes mui ne

The Dunes

We weren’t looking for ostriches but there they were. And the fellow who was in charge of them had such a great welcoming smile we decided to go over and take a closer look. He asked us where we were from and we chatted a bit before he explained that he was offering ostrich rides. The rides were about $1 each. Did we want one? I declined. The kids looked up at their dad who was grinning. At first Ish said “no thanks,” but he only took about 3 steps before he doubled back. “I’ve got to do this. ”

And he did – along with his ostrich-riding children – and while their very nervous wife and mother (hey there are no seat belts on those things!) looked on.
ostrich e
This memory is one for the books.

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Rich, Tanya, Paige and Hailey December 29, 2011, 6:53 PM

loved the video clip guys!!! looked like so much fun!  i especially loved the “YA,YA,YA,YA”!!!  Ish, your ostrich looked like he was riding low to the ground….wonder why!!  Miss you guys!  Rich, Tanya, Paige, Hailey


Julie A. December 30, 2011, 7:23 PM

This footage is fantastic!  I couldn’t help crying from all the good ol’ belly laughter!  Cherish the memories and enjoy life…ride an ostrich!  XOXO


Viji B January 1, 2012, 4:29 PM

Ish, I’m SOO happy you changed your mind and did it!


winfredroger January 4, 2012, 2:17 AM

Interesting video footage and story!! I’m very inspired now to ride an ostrich. Thanks for tips; it’ll be helpful for me.


Jay Cole January 13, 2012, 10:19 PM

Heheh – Uncle Wally gave me the heads up on this one.  Fantastic riding skills there…. The running commentary, mixed in with the occasional “ya, ya” is hilarious! Heath – No ostrich ride for you…?

– J.


Heather January 16, 2012, 2:18 AM



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