Saturday 16th April 2011, Kings Canyon.
I now must admit that when we arrived at Kings Canyon I was somewhat, for no apparent reason, disappointed to the extent that I wasn’t seeing what I expected. I thought all around mountain range, instead the countryside was mainly very flat terrain for miles on end, and in the middle was this mountain range that, I must admit, didn’t look that big, hence the question, “Just where is this masterpiece called Kings Canyon?
Friday 15th April 2011, Kings Canyon.
I am starting to feel the effects of consecutive days of long travel. We did about 400K yesterday and something similar today, and it is starting to show that I am just not used to it, I am not too bad, just a little tired, should be right tomorrow after a good sleep, but it is a feeling I could well do without, so from here on distances must be kept lower, or at least not consecutive days. After all that we reached Kings Canyon today, a bit further than we had originally intended, but we weren’t liking the idea of being without mobile coverage for so long, so a couple of nights camping out were foregone to reduce that time by a couple of days. It is a bit expensive here for site fees, but they do have us over a barrel with no other options, and it is the beginning of some expensive areas coming up, so get used to it I guess. Oh!! THERE ARE A FEW LESS FLIES HERE, and very few of anything at all after dark.
Thursday 14th April 2011, NT Border.
Our first stop is at a rest area on the SA/NT Border, a longish trip, about 400K, for our standards but we are going to have to do a couple of these if we intend getting anywhere. We intend having another 400K trip tomorrow to get to Kings Canyon, but then we will slow down a bit from there.
It shows how wet it has been up this way this year, when we are travelling along spotting water in most of the water holes along the way, and then out of the blue a very large lake appeared out of nowhere. I have said it before, that 2003, when we were here before, was supposed to had been a wet year, but it had nothing on this year according to the growth and the water laying around all over the place.
Tuesday 12th April 2011, Coober Pedy.
We have been at Coober Pedy for almost a week now and have enjoyed the local scenery very much, it is just so different than anywhere else. It was made aware to us yesterday that the greater majority of the population do in fact live in houses underground. We visited one of the local mine tours which was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. There was a film about the history of opals and mining, a tour of the actual mine with explanations of how the opals are extracted, a demonstration of cutting of an opal, a tour through an underground house, and everything was underground, a must see when in the area.
We are now about to leave Coober Pedy on our way to Kings Canyon, close to Ayres Rock, and then back out and round to Alice Springs. After we leave here, except for an overnight stop at Marla, we will not have any mobile coverage for up to two weeks, because we don’t intend travelling very fast and will be camping out some. Again I say if any one wants us leave a message on mine or Linda’s mobile, or we will be at Kings Canyon Resort on, or about, Monday 18th April till on, or about, Thursday 21st April, and we should be contactable there on 1300 863 248. So until Alice Springs this will be probably the last report.
Friday 8th April 2011, Coober Pedy.
We now have some answers to the difference in scenery being a wet year. We went to the Breakaways today and as I have heaps of photos of that area I have something to compare with a the few photos I took today. When we were here in 2003 it was also supposed to be a wet year, but it obviously wasn’t anywhere near as wet as this year as is shown by the greenery on the ground. We thought that it took a lot away from the impact of the scenery when one comes up to the lookout, but after thinking about it the view was priceless anyway, it was just that we have seen it before. If it had been the first time for us, and not knowing the difference, it would have been gob-smacking anyway. It was a foreign tourist that made me aware of this as when I tried to explain it to him he replied with “It is our first time and it is very remarkable anyway