By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky football players Landon Young, Boogie Watson and Calvin Taylor Jr. said their May mission trip to Ethiopia with Ordinary Hero left a lasting impression on them because of the work they did to try and help children there.
However, the players also got to experience a few other new things, too.
They went to a resort with the Ethiopian children that had a lake and zoo and were given a chance to ride a camel right after the players, children and camels all had lunch.
“There’s not 300-pounders in Ethiopia, and that camel had never seen what was coming at him,” the 324-pound Young said.
Watson had a little different perception.
“It was foaming at the mouth,” Watson added.
Young’s camel didn’t rush to give him a ride after finishing lunch. “It still wasn’t done when I had to ride it after lunch, so it was hurting. It was very sore. You can ask (Boogie and Calvin), it tried to get up with me a couple of times before it finally did it. It was growling,” Young said.
Taylor had his own memorable experience trying to hold a goat and hoist it up to Young and Watson for transport.
“I wouldn’t say afraid (of the goat). The word I would use was cautious,” Taylor said. “That was an experience, too.
“Just going over there I was a little nervous. I was a little nervous (with the goat). Eventually I did put it up there with Landon, but it was an experience to remember.”