Joining the mobs at Uluru and Kata Tjuta (1)

Trip Start Jul 27, 2009
Trip End Nov 07, 2009

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

And so to tick our tourist experience boxes: this entry brings you not much to say, but a whole heap of photographs.  Uluru at sunset - we're just too lazy to attempt a sunrise viewing - and snaps from a walk around the base of the rock. (If you think it's too many, just be thankful!  It's only about 10% of what we took).

Hilary writes:

The next stop was Uluru.  Uluru is the biggest rock in the world.  [They say Uluru also extends far beneath the surface. We think the evidence for this is strong given our experience of trying to get tent pegs into the ground.]  The first day we went and looked at the sun set at the Uluru National Park.  There were heaps of other people there as well.  I think it’s amazing to think that people come from all over the world just to stare at the rock.

The next day we went and walked around Uluru.   I felt like an ant looking up at that humungous rock.  We saw some cave painting.  The cave paintings were pretty and mysterious.  The only thing I could read was the waterhole.  We saw a waterhole at the bottom of Uluru.  It was full of life.  We saw red dragonflies, brown dragonflies and blue dragonflies.

One of the stories about Uluru
[as Hilary remembers it]: there once was a snake.  She was carrying her eggs on a string around her neck like a necklace.  She layed her eggs on the southern point of Uluru, then she travelled on to her homeland.  The snake was enraged because her nephew had been killed by some other poisonous snakes.  He had annoyed them and ran away but they hunted him down.  The soon found him and they threw their spears at him.  He dodged what he could but he soon fell dead.  The poisonous snakes threw their spears with such force that they pierced the rock and you can still see the holes today.  His aunt rushed towards the poisonous snakes' campsite using lots of power and magic. The poisonous snakes mocked her as she yelled at them in fury.  Now her anger was so uncontrollable.  She started walking towards them rubbing sand all over her body as she did.  She hit one with her digging stick hard enough to make it bleed, but it wasn't enough to kill him.  She hit him again, this time killing him.  The other snakes fled from the campsite.  You can still see the shield that the poisonous snake dropped on the western face of Uluru and you can still see scars that the aunt had left on the rock as she flew towards them with anger.

Alec writes:

We went around Uluru.  It was 9.4 kilometres.  It took four hours and I was hot.  I drank a little bit of water!!!!  I spotted two boomerangs in the cave paintings.  I thought at sunset it was beautiful.n  You are allowed to climb Uluru but the Aboriginals prefer you not to.  I wanted to climb it, but we didn't climb it because we wanted to respect the Aboriginal people.  I liked reading the Aboriginal stories about Uluru.

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