Hello again from the middle of Australia. We are now in Western Australia sitting in the enclosed camp kitchen of a mining community caravan park - avoiding the rain. We plan to eat out in the "Mess" tonight ($15.00) with the mine staff. There is 3G phone reception and hence Internet service.
This is quite a change from the desert we have just come from, where the daytime temperatures are in the mid 20's C and nighttime temperatures of 4-6 C, with red sand and dust everywhere. But isn't this why we travel? To experience all the varieties of life on this planet - continent by continent. Enough philosophy!
|Red Bank Gorge|
|Bobbie - Gorge rafting|
|Bill - Gorge rafting|
In one gorge we took our Li-los (air mattresses) and paddled up the gorge thru the freezing water pools between the gorge walls, until stopped by a very narrow step, where we could not feel the bottom of the pool under foot, and did not like the look of the frayed rope required to lift you into the next pool.
From the Gorges we went on to Palm Valley.
Here we did some REAL 4 Wheel Driving along the river bed and through it in some places into the valley itself. Four kilometres took 30 minutes driving. Both the driver (Bobbie) and the Toyota HiLux survived.
|Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)|
|Uluru (Ayers Rock)|
|Great Central Road -The Outback Way|
|Blue Streak Rocket wreck|
|Weather Balloon launch - Giles WA|
1. Deep, soft sand which will not hold tent pegs, or
2. Half an inch of gravel or topsoil, overlaying solid rock or extremely compacted rock and gravel which bends nearly all tent pegs to pretzels.
The only place we have ever been that dealt properly with this problem was a caravan park in Denham,
WA near Monkey Mia. They provided a drill to make holes for tent pegs. Leinster soil (where we are camped this evening), is half inch of gravel with solids underneath.
|State Hotel - Gwalia|
|Gwalia - Gold mine pit|