Monday, 6 July 2015

At the Alice!

Today we arrived at Alice Springs which is about the middle of Australia.  We have done about 3,500 klm at this point.

We haven't had a phone signal for several days, only at some towns, nor have we had water apart from what we carry ourselves.  Water at Coober Pedy was 20C for 30 litres, and you line up in a que to get water from the pumps just like you do for diesel/gas...feels odd having to do that.

Last two days we spent near Uluru here in the Northern Territory, and was fortunate enough to see the sunset on the 'Rock'.  We estimated there were about 500 people there doing the same thing.

Below is one of my photos of Uluru at sunset last night...





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  1. Despite the great number of people, you captured a wonderful photo. Very interesting.

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  2. Magaret, I have read about Uluru it is a famous mountain for Australia.

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    1. Oh yes it's well known but a long, long way to see it. When i get home i will post more about it.

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  3. That is one big rock, Margaret. We have a big granite rock here in the Hill Country, but it's not quite that big!

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    1. I suppose there are many large rocks in this world. There is a bigger one than Uluru in Western Australia but it's a different type of rock.

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  4. Would really love to see, photograph, and climb Ayres Rock - your photo is great

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    1. Oh Rosemary i have photos of people climbing it..will post when i return home...the people look like little ants :)

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  5. I love your photo Margaret. It's so moody. Almost like a huge chocolate pudding!

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    1. Now that made me laugh :) and thanks. Not sure if that is the nicest of the ones i took..

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  6. Oh, so far...
    But the photo is magnificent. That place is known every where.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting. It's good that you have heard of it....it's the red centre..

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  7. That big rock , has a beautiful color.

    Kisses

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    1. It does and changes as the sunsets..some people can't see the different colours, others can.

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  8. Oooh. I have never been to the NT, much less seen Uluru.
    Love it - and am very glad you didn't climb it.
    Love the concept of people queueing for water - which is more precious (in my eyes) than fuel. It would be irritating though...

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    1. Worth seeing in my view, my husband on the other hand doesn't see the rocks beauty. Was weird waiting in a que :) it's the only place that i know of to have to do that...

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  9. Have only seen it from 35,000 feet above it. Some flights to S.E.A. fly close to it as it is beneath the air corridor and depending on the pilot he may announce that it is appearing and tilt the plane.
    On two occasions - once with Garuda and once with Thai International the pilot flew around it so that both sides of the plane could view it. I guess those two flights were ahead of schedule - but it was really great for the crew to do this. Much clapping by the passengers in appreciation when this was done.

    I thought that climbing the rock was now disallowed for
    1. Safety reasons ????? ( I can't see how you could fall as it was/is all so carefully monitored by
    experts.
    2. Destruction of the rock.

    The rest of my family have all had the excitement of climbing it - even Mum and Dad when they were
    in their 60's!!! Great thrill and view from the top.

    Now don't forget your water - really now until you get eventually back to Adelaide - water is gold and life.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. Well at least you have seen it then even though from the air.
      I have photos of people climbing the rock, it depends on the weather..(will post those when home)..yes, got water and diesel :) going this afternoon to have a stone chip repaired, front window done by a little car yesterday!
      Going to The Tranport Hall of Fame tomorrow..

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  10. 3500km is lot of roads! Be safe my friend and beautiful Australian treasures.

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    1. Yes it is, and we are not half way as yet! Thank you :)

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  11. My brother in law used to live at Alice, but I'm not sure where he is now. I used to want to visit there myself, but I don't think I could stand the heat.

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    1. I understand it's extremely hot in summer...a cousin of mine used to live here years ago..

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  12. That big red rock would be hard to miss as a landmark. Do you ever wonder what things were like way back when? I used to do so quite frequently--especially crossing the great plains of the western part of the US. Being out in wide open spaces without much cover would have been rather bothersome to me 200-some years ago.

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    1. Strange it may seem but the rock is not sited from a distance...but certainly visible closer. It all belongs to the Aboriginals. The rock is in the middle of nowhere...it gets very hot there in summer....I don't reckon white an had a great deal to do with the rock way back..

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  13. How wonderful that you got to see Uluru at sunset. When I was very young and imagining all the places I would travel, it was at the top of my list. Now I am practical and realize how expensive it would be to get there. So I am happy to share your adventure and see your photos!

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    1. I think many of us have places we want to visit but will never get there, nice to dream :)
      I was happy to be able to see it at sunset, It's very different to daytime..

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  14. Such a gorgeous place !!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photo !!
    Greetings

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  15. Wow!! Stunning photo. So glad you got some reception so you could post this for us all to see.

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    1. Thanks. It's good to have reception, but the next few days there won't be..heading north after resting in The Alice.

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  16. This is a grand adventure in a beautiful place.

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  17. A beautiful photograph of a beautiful place.

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