Day 127 of retirement

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Hi All

Monday 16th October:

This morning we got up at 4:00am (yes 4:00am) to go and see the “Field of Lights”. Now this is a display made up of 50,000 coloured lights (Solar charged and connected by optical fibre cable) that are placed in a depression out in the desert amongst the natural vegetation. It took 5 weeks and 14 people (Volunteers and technical people) to construct.

In the dark of night you are able to walk amongst the lights (on a set path) and take in all the patterns and colours. Then you finish back on the top of a sand dune over looking the lights and the sun rising over Uluru.

As the sun rises Uluru and the Olgas light up and the field of lights dim. Awesome man made and natural light display all merging into one outstanding display.

Back to the resort and back in bed by 8:00am. We slept till midday so wasn’t too bad. At 2:00pm we were picked up for another tour to the Curtin Springs cattle station (85km out of Yulara) to see Mount Conner and the salt flats.

Lachie, our guide was awesome. He filled us in on life on a 4,000 square km cattle station including the flora and creatures large and small. We finished off the day at Curtin Springs homestead for a three-course steak dinner. The food was excellent. Back to the resort at 10:00pm. A big day was had by all.

Tuesday 17th October:

Left Yuluru for Curtin Springs with a side trip to the Olgas and a final drive round Uluru (220km).

The Olgas are so different from Uluru yet so close to them. We did a short walk up to one of the lookouts and stopped a few time on the way out to get some pics. Very unique place.

We did a lap of Uluru and said our goodbyes to the rock. Back into Yulara and the “Shopping Mall” for a very nice pizza lunch. Caught up on WiFi as we are going to be off air for a few days once again.

Mid afternoon we made our way to Curtin Springs (85km) for an overnight stay. It has a very nice feel about it. It is the homestead for the station so serves a duel purpose.

We settled in under the “pergola” for a drink or two and enjoyed another awesome steak meal. No TV here and the WiFi is very spasmodic but still an enjoyable evening.

When I was at the bar ordering a drink I got talking to Peter the owner of the station. He has been here (On the station) for 62 years. Over some stories of the early years we got onto where I was from. As I told him I was from the Eyre Peninsula in SA he asked where. I said near Port Lincoln from a country town called Cummins. He then told me he has been to Cummins with the Masonic Lodge many years ago. Small world.

Wednesday 18th October:

Had a leisurely drive from Curtin Springs (After a stockman’s breakfast which we shared) to Kulgera (320km). Kulgera is pretty much a roadhouse with a dozen cabins. Cabin was fine just the poor old aircon had trouble keeping up in the heat of the day.

Turned out we were the only occupied cabin for the night. Felt a bit “Wolf Creek” ish.

Just an overnight stop on our way to Coober Pedy tomorrow.

Thursday 19th October:

Left Kulgera and made our way to Coober Pedy (410km and 4 hours later). Have to remember that SA is on daylight saving time so clocks to be turned ahead by an hour.

Booked our first tour for tomorrow at 1:00pm till 6:00pm. Works for us as we get to sleep in then do the tour. Initially we are only booked in for two nights (Big4 Park) but will definitely extend. The “apartment” we are in is five star. Even has a dishwasher, washing machine, aircon that works and “FAST” WiFi. We may never leave.

Friday 20th October:

Went exploring today. First stop was Crocodile Harry’s.

Crocodile Harry was originally from Latvia. He spent 13 years up north of Australia hunting crocs and then arrived in Coober Pedy to try his luck at Opal mining. It is said he was the original Crocodile Dundee.

His underground cave is adorned with his own unique artworks. He was also known for the “wild” backpacker parties he used to throw. Harry loved women and Opal.

Sadly he passed away several years ago.

Explored the rest of the town with our final stop at the Kangaroo sanctuary. Here they rehabilitate roo’s that have been injured or lost their mum’s. They fed a very cute very young Joey (5 months old) while we were there. The rehabilitated roo’s are sent to sanctuaries when ready, as they are not allowed to set them free back into the wild.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

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