April 13 – day 2 of tour – Kata Tjuta and Uluru

Journal notes:  Our guide woke us up at 5:45am.  It was still dark and cold.  A fast brekkie, rolled up  swags, stowed sleeping bags as the sky lightened.  We picked up firewood from another campsite on our way to toilets and hot showers.  Arrived Olgas, Kata Tjuta, and along the way got explanation of geology for the area.  Part of Australia was under water when ice caps melted.  Water pressure pressed rocks together making one big mountain from various rock types.  Wind blew away smaller sandstone bits making crevices.

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Kata Tjuta hike to Valley of the Winds

Journal notes:  After hiking drove to cultural center.  Dropped swags at new campsite and headed off to Mala Walk at Uluru where our guide entertained us with fabulous reinactments of the story of the Mala People.  Drove to sunset viewing area and ate leftovers while watching color changes – sky and rock went from bright orange red to deep red and finally grey ending as a silhouette.

Uluru is 358 meters high above the ground, 6.5 kilometers below ground- the largest land iceberg in the world.

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listening to our guide explain the rock art

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guide reenacting the story about the Mala People

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beginning of sunset at Uluru

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shadows climb up Uluru

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light continues to change

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 Journal notes:  After sunset group wanted to stop for more alcohol – these 20 somethings really like to party.  Then merengue dancing inside the van that spilled outside for dancing in front of the headlights.  I felt like i was trapped in a bad musical as ipods blasted rap and other music the entire tour.  Back at the campsite another bonfire to keep warm before crashing in our swags for the night.

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