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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 21, 1979

Father (Chuck) Palluck with his camel, named Il Duce after the regal, dignified, and often disdainful manner of the animal.

Father (Chuck) Palluck with his camel, named Il Duce after the regal, dignified, and often disdainful manner of the animal.

Does the thought of making a trip through the vast expanse of the Sahara Desert sound romantic to you?

Father Charles (“everyone calls me ‘Chuck’”) Palluck, parish priest serving St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Black Diamond, made such a trip last month.

Describing it as a “trek,” Palluck spent 13 days making a circular traverse of the Hoggar Mountains in Algeria.

The Sahara is a name that describes the area of North Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. It is the world’s largest desert—an area of almost three million square miles. Palluck was part of a group of nine trip members, two French guides, and five Touaregs (native North Africans), who spent 13 days on foot and camel-back being awed and impressed with this fascinating part of the world.

The group flew to Algiers, the capital of Algeria, where they changed planes and proceeded to Tamanrasset, 900 miles to the south. (more…)

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