We have been back south for five days now, and it is high time we closed off this shortened holiday blog.
We drove off from Yulara at 5.30am last Sunday, with our lovely breakfast kits supplied by Desert Gardens Hotel. It was raining, slightly, and for 170kms we saw no other vehicle. Sadly, we saw no critters either. We stopped at Erldunda, at the junction of the main north-south Stuart Highway and Lasseter Highway, for a cuppa. From there it was 200 kms to Alice Springs airport. Again we saw little, except a Wedge-tailed eagle dining on roadkill. Such magnificent birds. I love their trousered legs!
When we say we saw little, we mean in terms of “life”. We did of course see lots of landscape. It’s fascinating country – muscular, in-your-face land that dares you to like it. We do – and are glad we managed to enjoy this first part of our planned holiday and to have once again done those three wonderful walks. The weather wasn’t as wonderful for two of them as we’d hoped, but that just added to the experience.
Our two plane flights home were on time and pretty uneventful, though Len did have an interesting neighbour for the Alice Springs-Sydney leg. He told Len all about his “baby” (“literally, my baby”), that is, his drone. He got out his laptop and showed Len the images he’d taken of Alice – not bad in fact – and when we landed he showed us the actual drone. Interesting, but it feels creepy to me that people can fly these things around willy nilly to “look at anything I want”. Hmm.
Then, it was a quick overnight stop to swap out our warmer weather holiday clothes for Melbourne winter clothes – brrr – followed by flight on Monday morning to Melbourne where we were pleased to see Evan, alive and well, albeit looking a little worse for wear. Things are now progressing in the right direction …
And that, as they say, was that … not quite the holiday we’d planned but what we did was enjoyable for all the challenges.
And one last photo …