Got my last ride of the season in on Saturday. Like so many others NW IL is having some weirdly warm weather. The park was overly crowded and parking was hard to find. 2 friends and I car pooled (we met up at one friends and loaded horses into her trailer) and met another friend at the park. As we were unloading we were watching as a whole bunch of horses were acting up and even saw a rider become separated from his horse - whether by choice or not we were not sure. We could not see what the commotion was as it was at the first bend and water crossing just as you leave the parking area (you take a sharp curve and immediately cross a creek) A rider came galloping up the hill toward our trailer and managed to get her horse stopped and she jumped off. We asked what the commotion was and she said camels. We were like CAMELS? Yep- it seems that someone brought 2 camels to the park to ride the horse trails. The commotion at the crossing was the camels not really wanting to enter the cold water and horses not really wanting to ride by the camels! Friends and I decided to stay put until said camels were back that their trailer. We watched as they slowly made their way to their parking area with horses and riders parting like the red sea before them. Some horses did not seem to mind and others lost their head! I was sure Tillie would be in the lost their head category so we opted to stay until they were out of site. The high energy in the parking area had all 4 horses amped up. We hit the trails at record speed. In no time the horses were wet with sweat in the 75 degree heat - eventually they all slowed down. We had a great ride and managed again to avoid the camels as we got back to the parking area. The horses were hot and sweaty and ready to be done. I have to admit I really felt sorry for the camels. Most horses were extremely agitated at their presence and I am sure the camels had to sense the horses fear. They were sure cute but their Bawling really sent the horses over the edge. I was extremely thankful our parking area was so far away from them. No pictures - I needed my hands to steer and control my horse!