Kings Canyon

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 31, 2012

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

We continued our outback trip yesterday stopping at a salt pan. It was nowhere as big as the ones we saw in Namibia a few years ago but this one had a bit of water in it so that was different. After the salt pan we continued to Kings Canyon about 2h out of Yulara. We checked in at the station and then drove the short drive to our campsite. The normal road to the campsite was closed so we had to go down a back road that our guide had never been down. We ended up making a wrong turn down a different road and got stuck pretty good. I helped dig the tires out of the sand then it took a group effort to disconnect the trailer and manoeuvre it out of the way so that we could get the truck free. Eventually we did and got to the campsite. There were much fewer facilities at this site compared to the first night. It did have the coolest bush shower I had ever seen though with hot water. How hot was the water? Well it depended on how big a fire you built in the heater to warm the water as it flowed through a coil. I was most impressed with the pressure relief valve that was included in the design though I didn't test to see if it worked. For supper we had kangaroo chili with chocolate on pasta. It was a bit too sweet but we were starving by this point and ate a lot anyways. We spent the rest of the evening by the fire. We slept in our swags again, this time I dressed for it and it was awesome. The stars were fantastic, Gina took some really cool pictures with her tripod.

This morning we had breakfast, packed up camp and headed to Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. We did a 6k hike around the rim of the canyon. It was a really cool place with lots of neat rock formations and great views. Gina took lots of panoramic pictures and had her cameras going non stop. She really enjoyed it, probably more than the other stops. I really enjoyed it too. After the walk we went to the main campsite for lunch and a quick swim in the pool. After lunch we continued on and stopped at Gosse Bluff, an ancient comet crash site that lifted what was once flat land into a circular mountain ring that was then eroded to what is left today. We only stopped at the viewpoint for some quick pictures as apparently there is not much more to see. Next we drove to Glen Helen to meet the guide who was going to take is back to Alice Springs. Along the way we saw 11 kangaroos along the side of the road which apparently is quite rare at that time and place as our guide had never seen any along that stretch of road in the last 2.5 years of driving it. Many were large Reds which is the biggest species. Gina would also like to mention that there was a mom and its joey too. In Glen Helen we said our goodbyes to our guide and those continuing north with her. We had another guide take us and most of our group back to Alice Springs which is where we are right now. The iPhone is great for killing time on these long drives. I can do blog entries then upload them next time I find free Wifi. At $8/mb for 3G on my phone, no thank you Bell.

We are both doing well and having a great time. A day in Alice Springs tomorrow before flying to Cairns in the evening. My phone does work here but the roaming rates are very expensive. Text in an emergency and we can figure things out but only if absolutely necessary please.
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