Alice Springs:Man-eating Grub Worm

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Man-eating Grub Worm!

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Journeying thru the outback, a mate encounters all sorts of circumstances and adventures, there is never a dull moment!

While staying in Alice Springs we had the opportunity to visit an aboriginal camp and observe some of their customs and living conditions. Most were living in primitive conditions with no protection from the weather.

Today, as in the past, most still live off the land, eating whatever is available. They hunt with boomerangs, the  boomerangs are designed to come back  so that if the hunter misses the target, the weapon comes back to him, negating  the need to go running after it.

They have learned to eat very little, in some cases to go long periods without eating or drinking at all, included in their diet are maggots and grub worms.

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The maggots are scooped out of a dead tree and eaten live, as for the grub worms, they are about the size of an index finger, they are either roasted over a fire pit, or as seen, above eaten alive.

I couldn’t muster up the courage to eat maggots or live grubs, however, I did try a roasted grub worm, and I have to admit, it wasn’t too bad! (tasted like chicken!)

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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A small town traveler finds adventure and intrigue while investigating a new found spirituality. Learning self-discovery, and new age thought the author ventures on a journey to the outback of Australia where he learns the ways of the aborigines and in the process discovers a new way of life. Less Beginning in America’s heartland follow the author into a foreign land and culture, travel to the outback of Australia and discover the ways and teachings of the Australian aborigine. Discover with the author a journey of self-discovery and of a way of life and culture that is slowly being forgotten and lost.




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