Before that, btw, my dad and I had a good conversation at breakfast with a lady who is a social worker here in the outback aiming to reduce domestic violence in indigenous villages. In former times she was working in Cambodia until she was bitten by a spider and nearly lost her arm. Good that we learnt about Cambodia's wildlife not before our visit there.
On the road sign you can read the distance to Adelaide, our final destination, and the side trips that we will be making: Watarrka and Uluru. The first stop however was a camel farm somewhere between Alice and the Erldunda roadhouse, where I rode my first camel (seven dollars for two minutes, but anyway). The Australian camels are said to be stronger and taller and better than the original breed from the middle east, if you believe our guide. It was awfully shaking, especially when we turned at a full gallop at the end of the ride. But I believe the guy on the other camel had a few more problems than us girls..... On the way towards our camp I saw three dead kangaroos along the (paved) road.
|Next service in 132 kilometres - in between: bush.|
Kings Creek is btw the camp where we stayed.
About our tour group: 20 persons, 1 guide, 16 women, 4 men. All backgrounds different and interesting. I was the youngest, my dad the second oldest, most of the people were between 21 and 29. Two of them were already with us on the flight, and on the Monument Hill in Alice Springs, yesterday :P
After lunch we had a short walk through a quite hot valley of Watarrka, the Kings Canyon. Wasn't too impressive, but we already had a first impression what we will be experiencing tomorrow morning, and to acclimate a little to the heat and dry conditions. Later we played Uno :-)
|After a quick wash, our|
stuff dried really fast, because of the
hot, dry desert air
|Can you see the milky way?|