This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

1999 Travels June 5

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We woke to steady rain. We had not been following the weather forecasts, so were not expecting that. I don’t even know if it was actually forecast.

After a slow start, and dawdling over breakfast, I packed lunch – yesterday’s rolls – and we drove to the Rock.

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Ayers Rock in misty rain

Sat in Truck and ate lunch, just looking at the Rock – wet. The combination of clouded skies and water changes the colour and makes the Rock dark.

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The contrast between wet and dry faces on the Rock

The climb was closed, obviously, due to the weather.

We walked a little way, towards a gully where there was already water pouring down. The path had turned into a creek.

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Waterhole at base of Ayers Rock, filling

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It’s normally a path!

Saw two of the most miserable looking Crested Pigeons you could imagine – cold, wet, and looking thoroughly unhappy. Definite bird body language there!

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Are we happy?

Went to the Cultural Centre. There was no charge for entry to this. We spent almost three hours there, looking at all the displays and cultural-related activities. Many of the displays were really well done and there was a lot of information to absorb. However, I felt that the video material of the Anangu people dancing – shuffling about, really – would not impress tourists, especially overseas visitors, with its level of cultural or intellectual sophistication! That was a very uninteresting and meaningless aspect of the displays, compared to some we have seen in other places. Pity, because it detracted from the overall impressions of the Centre.

06-05-1999 The rock in the rain

Collected the weekend papers at the Yulara shops.

Back at the van, John made Chelsea Buns. I made a start on the papers.

Tea was tinned pea and ham soup, Chelsea Buns and crumpets. Comfort food in the rain.

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