Month: January 2018

The Last of the Salt Caravans

For thousands of years, camels were the “vehicle” of choice for merchant traders traveling through northern Africa. Camels can handle the weather better than most of today’s cars and trucks. Traders would travel with caravans of more than 10,000 camels loaded with precious goods, like gold and ivory, and everyday products, like salt. Two ancient Read More

Matt Barnes and the Salt Block from The Sahara

One day, my family received a plain package from Matt Barnes. Inside of it, we found a block of salt and a note. Matt Barnes wrote that the block was from a salt train in the Sahara Desert in Africa. It was intended to go to Mali’s ancient city of Timbuktu. Obviously, it never made Read More