Joining the mobs (2)

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

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

This entry brings you photos from two walks around Kata Tjuta ("The Olgas").  The first was a gentle stroll up Walpa Gorge and the second - completed the following day - the rather more taxing Valley of the Winds walk...

Hilary writes:
The next day we went to Kata Tjuta and did a walk called Valley of the Winds.  It was a very long walk and it was a hot day so when we went back to the campsite we had a swim in the pool.  You weren't allowed to hear the stories about Kata Tjuta because they are sacred to the Aboriginal people.  It was a nice walk, but one point was extremely steep and rough, and it was hard going.  We met some other people who were travelling round Australia too.  They were afraid about going down the steep pathway!

Alec says:
I am going to tell you how Kata Tjuta was made.  It started with a mountain range taller than Mt Everest, millions and millions of years ago when there weren't many plants. There was lots of wind and rain and it eroded the mountains away.  Big boulders washed down the mountain and silt and mud came down, and the silt and mud made the rocks stick together.  It all collected in a basin at the bottom of the mountain range.  Then the land pushed the rocks up.  The erosion eroded away some of the new mountains.  It looks like plum pudding because there are round rocks inside inside the mud stone.

Despite the walk's length, and the heat of the day, the kids were stalwart and required minimal jelly bean inducements.  As our travels progress they are getting tougher and tougher!

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