Alice Springs at last...

Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
Trip End Aug 20, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Up at 06:15 for me, and off to Kings Canyon... and it's a bit chilly. The start of the walk was by far the worst bit, climbing an uneven man made stone stairway up a deceivingly steep escarpment. Two thirds of the way up, and I was struggling, until I realised an 82 year old Kiwi was ahead of me and he was still going strong! Climb up done, the rest was a walk in the park... literally. As the sun came up the colours of the rock were constantly changing, what a sight to see. We soon got to a large stretch of water and known as The Garden of Eden, which is full of lush vegetation, and was just stunning. From there it was across the plateau, along the edge of the ridge and then mostly downhill and back to the base of the canyon. Here we met up with the others from the creek walk. Throughout the walk we encountered loads of Spinifex Pigeons that were mostly in pairs. These are amazing little birds that seem to walk everywhere, didn't once see one fly. They don't appear to be too afraid of us humans and just walked in between our legs and even over our feet at times if we stood still for more than a few moments...!!!
The girls said their walk was lovely, and quite easy on the old pins, so they were more than happy that they opted for that one. Soon we were back at the resort to collect our luggage and set off for the last leg of our trip. First it was a stop off at the Kings Creek Station for some lunch, camel burgers were the order of the day, and they were delicious...! Soon on our way again, and after a brief comfort break at Erldundra, we arrived in Alice Springs around half past six, and were dropped off at our hotel, the Aurora Alice Springs. It was situated between the Todd Shopping Mall and the Todd River, not that there was any water in this part of it. When we booked in the receptionist suggested that for our own safety we shouldn't go anywhere near the river after dark and to only visit the top end of the mall as there were many undesirable Aborigines about. This concerned us a little, and we did see quite a few of them but they seemed harmless enough, and caused no trouble that we saw. We were soon out and about hunting for tucker and decided to opt for a more typical Aussie dinner for a change... KFC...!!! It was a bit different to ours back home but still very tasty, and they even kindly made up a special veggie meal for Lisee Loulee.

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