Sunrise in the bush - What a sight!

Trip Start Apr 20, 2010
Trip End May 15, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Another early wake-up at call as I need to meet the shuttle bus at 5:45 to go watch the sunrise over Uluru.  This morning I met my first "grumpy/rude" australian!!  Not the best way to start off the day at the crack of dawn but oh well!!  After picking everyone up at the various hotels within the resort we made it half way and the driver realized he had forgotten someone so we drove all the way back.  There was no one waiting so we went down the road again.  As we are driving the moon is setting fast, the sky is brightening up and I am thinking "he is going to make us miss the entire experience".  I had to force those negative thoughts out of my mind in order to enjoy the scenery once we arrived.  We did make it in time and I hike up to the viewing platform but there were far too many people there with loud chatter.  No my scene or the reason I came here so I decided to hike down the path aways far from the crowd.  It did make for some much nicer photos and I was able to watch the sunrise and listen to the silence of the bush.  It is a beautiful and somewhat spiritual experience.  For those of ow who wish to enjoy it, I recommend being away from the bus loads of "tourists" with their seats, conversations and boxed breakfasts.  Walk a ways and immerse yourself in the moment.  You won't regret the experience.

We are flying to Cairns this afternoon where we will experience another great site of Australia: the Great Barrier Reef.  I cannot wait and I hope the weather will be as great as it has been all along the trip.
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