Day 121 of retirement

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Hi All

Monday 9th October:

Off on a day tour of the West MacDonnell ranges today. We visited Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ochre Pits, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge and Ellery Creek Bighole. Just so much to see and it is all so awesome.

Lots of pics taken and really difficult to select only a few.

Tuesday 10th October:

After a bit of a sleep in we were on the road to the East MacDonnell ranges in the mighty Mazda. We drove out to the Ross River homestead (80km) for lunch, which is also the end of the sealed road.

As we drove back to Alice we stopped in various spots to view the local landmarks. We viewed awesome scenery along the way.

Final finish to the day was watching Jericho win Australian Survivor. Awesome effort and a deserving winner.

Wednesday 11th October:

Rest day today. After quite a considerable dump of rain last night and a cloudy day it was quite pleasant for most of the day.

After a late breakfast it was into Alice to top up our supplies for Kings Canyon and Yulara.

Gave the mighty Mazda a good check over as well. She is doing an awesome job of transporting us round the countryside.

An afternoon siesta finished off the day nicely.

Thursday 12th October:

Left Alice Springs for Kings Canyon (470km and 5 hour drive). An uneventful drive and made good time. Arrived at 1:00pm and our room was ready so unpacked after a quick burger at the local resort pub.

Bit of a siesta then a walk round the resort to the sunset viewing platform. Sadly the clouds moved in so no sunset. We had an early night as we have an early start to a big day tomorrow.

Friday 13th October:

Guy and I enjoyed a full on breakfast (Been many many months since we had a full on breakfast) at the resort this morning. We discovered that our 3-night stay entitled us to free breakfast. Beats a banana for breakfast. So we indulged ourselves and will do for the next two mornings.

After breakfast it was off to Kings Canyon some 10km away. We arrived at 8:30am ready to do the rim walk (6km circular circuit) in the cool of the day. The first stage is up the stone stairs (Felt like 10,000 steps) to the canyon rim top as you start at the bottom. 25 minutes later we were on the top rim.

From there we made our way round the rim. There were some easy parts and some hard parts but it was an awesome hike. The views, rock colours and formations are just breathtaking. 3 hours later we arrived back at the car tired but elated.

Back to the resort for a nice cool drink, shower and an afternoon siesta as we have a gourmet experience under a desert moon tonight (Degustation dinner).

The seven-course degustation dinner under the stars round the fire pit was awesome. We had the best food cooked by the executive chef from the resort explaining each dish as it was being served.

Some of the exquisite food we had was Kangaroo, Emu and Barramundi along with other delectable delights. And with a clear night you just needed to look up to see all the stars. A great night was had by all.

Saturday 14th October:

Quiet morning as we hit the “free” breakfast bar once again and charged ourselves up for the day.

Midmorning we headed back to Kings Canyon to do “the old peoples walk” which is a flat walk up the creek on the canyon floor (1.5km return). After the big walk round the rim yesterday Guy’s left knee was a little sore so we decided to take it easy today. After a very leisurely stroll and trying the free satellite WiFi at the parking lot (It was crap so nothing loaded) it was back to the resort for our afternoon siesta and a relaxing evening.

Sunday 15th October:

Left Kings Canyon for Yulara (300km) after the last of our “free” breakfasts.

Had a good run and arrived at midday. As we couldn’t check in till 3:00pm we set off driving round Uluru stopping at a number of places of interest and doing a couple of short walks. All we can say is wwwooowwwww, that’s a big rock! What an awesome place.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.


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