Why We Decided to Buy a Donkey

How a love of camping — and a hatred of hauling camping gear themselves — led this couple to buy a donkey.



buy a donkey - tethered in camp
When you make camp, just tie your donkey nearby and let it graze.
Lorena Hillis
buy a donkey - on the trail
With a trained donkey you'll be all set for many pleasant hours of hiking, with your own load substantially lightened.
Lorena Hillis
buy a donkey - man with donkey equipped with assorted tack
Once you've found (and properly schooled) a healthy trail mate, you'll need to gear up with a good sawbuck saddle, a pad, a sturdy halter, and a strong rope.
Lorena Hillis
buy a donkey - head and shoulders of donkey at fence rail
If you buy a donkey, give it proper care and treatment. The animal will not be ornery or stubborn as many people believe.
Photo by Lorena Hillis
buy a donkey - loading the beast
Load your critter with a well-made pair of panniers.
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