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Trip Start Jul 27, 2004
Trip End Dec 21, 2004

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Monday, September 27, 2004

can you beleive it we're going camping again, for someone who doesn't do camping or walking Kerry is really having to suffer.

This time we are in a slightly bigger and better 4x4 (its got aircon and springs in the seat), but, the swags are the same, the toilets were worse and the wildlife still present.

We set off from Alice Springs and travelled the 3 hours down into Central Australia. The scenery was weird, all red sand, off road tracks, wild camels (i know, in Australia!?!) and lizards at the side of the road, it was really hot and full of annoying flies. Our first stop was Kings Canyon where we had to climb up heart attack hill to get to the top, it really lived up to its name as well. Once up the top we got to walk all the way around the edge to get a really good perspective of it. Although it was quite an impressive sight we were hot, knackered and sweaty so didn't really appreciate it and just wanted to go back to the campsite for a shower. And what a shower. It, and the toilet, were made out of corrugated iron and did not have doors so you got a lovely view of the bush while you carried out your business ( and visiting camels got a floor show!). There was hot water though, if you lit a fire under the water heater first. After the shock we settled into camp life and Kerry was only a little bit scared of the dingos, snakes, spiders, scorpions and other life threatening animals when we went to sleep under the stars in our swags.

Day 2 and we went to Uluru (Ayers Rock). It really is just a big red rock in the middle of absolutely nowhere, what we didn't realise though was that it had holes and caves and wobbly bits on it, its not just like the picture postcard version that you see. You have the choice to climb up it or to walk around it. As it is a sacred aboriginal site the local communities encourage you not to climb it, and..... it is bloody steep and has claimed loads of lives, therefore we opted for the 4 hour base walk. it was really good to see it up close and personal, and much safer.

We also got to see the changing colours of the rock both at sunrise and sunset. Paul nearly wet himself with photographic excitement, and was using 4 cameras (yes i know he is sad) In the end it wasn't very spectacular due to the weather and us being at a look out point bloody miles away.

The next day we went to the Olga's which is a collection of something like 36 huge rocks, just as impressive and colourful as Uluru and also just as sacred in places. As we had got up for sunset we started to walk through the rocks at 7.30 in the morning, it wasn't as hot and Paul enjoyed it more cos Kerry moaned less. Another spectacular view later and we were on our way back to Alice Springs.
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