On the Road again.
10th Jul 2012 - Kev and Jan
Croydon to Uluru & Kings Canyon
On our way to the Red Centre of Australia. Haven't seen a cloud for 6 weeks, though cool in the evenings hence the campfires. Met many travellers who carry chain saws, they say it's for cutting wood for the fires but I've told Kevin he is not bringing one into our home. Having spent happy hour with one group we were visited later that evening by Graham bearing gifts. He brought some Aussie damper which is like a delicious hot scone with butter and jam. It had been cooked on the campfire that evening. We've learnt a lot about bush tucker and how the Aboriginals survive in the desert and have tasted Witchetty Grubs and made soap with plants. The grubs were cooked but still tasted like nutty snot.
In Alice Springs we visited the Flying Doctor Museum and as we watched a film about the service we expected to see someone fly in from the series we both watched years ago. The visit to the School of the Air was interesting, watching the teacher teaching a group of kids on the Internet. No behaviour problems to deal with! We are becoming experts at recognising birds especially after our trip to the Desert Park and the ranger explaining to us the difference between the kites and eagles.
We have travelled 1000's of kms to get to King's Canyon. The temperature has plummeted to minus 5 during the night but it has been worth it. Ayers Rock was stunning as we watched the change of colour at sunset. The decision to climb was taken out of our hands as it was windy and so was closed to climbers, much to Kevin's relief as he can't stand heights. Kata Tjuta ( the Olgas) were magnificent and it took Kevin back to his boyhood as he enjoyed a hard walk through them clambering up and down rocks. I have to admit I had never heard of the Olgas til we came to Oz and yet I wasn't sure if I preferred them to Ayers Rock. I hurt my knee so was unable to do the 3 hour rim walk round King's Canyon. Kevin did it on his own while I did the shorter one on the floor of the canyon.
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