King’s Creek, King’s Canyon, a salt lake and dinner on an open fire

Feb 15

I slept like a baby and didn’t wake until after 6:30 am. I’m a new woman. We took our time getting ready to go ‘so I took a leisurely shower and managed to get my feet clean. That ended up being a waste of time as our first stop was climbing up a sand dune (red sand of course) and onto a salt lake (mud). To take more silly photos. Yup, I was filthy from the knees down.

Dingo said we had to stop and get campfire wood so I assumed a roadside stand selling boxes or bundles of wood. Silly me. No, it means stop the bus on the side of the road and everyone find deadwood. He was very specific about what he wanted too. I took video as it was pretty funny.

Our destination was King’s Creek. After unpacking some went for a swim and some of us helped with dinner prep. My job was to make dough for bread which was just self rising flour and water. Weird. I’ve never made break like that. A few of us walked to the shop to get online. It was painfully slow so we got the basics done and went to watch the sunset. Andy, Chris and Dingo being the exhibitionists they are insisted it was best viewed naked. So, many of the sunset photos include bare butts. Silly boys.

Dinner was cooked over the fire and what a dinner! We had chili, rice, potatoes, yams, onions & carrots as well as a kangaroo tail and damper bread laced with Dingo’s secret ingredient….chocolate.

Cooking dinner on the fire

Cooking dinner on the fire

Gathering fire wood

Gathering fire wood

Running away from the dingo on the salt flat

Running away from the dingo on the salt flat

The crew who gathered firewood

The crew who gathered firewood

A bunch of goofs and Uluru

A bunch of goofs and Uluru

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Just a few of the flies that followed me aroun

Sunday, Feb. 16 After a quick bite to eat we were on the road and ready to hike the King’s Canyon. I was very worried about “heart attack hill” but it wasn’t that bad. At 6:30 in the morning the temperature is pleasant for hiking which helped . The 4 hour hike up and down rocks, steps and more rocks was beautiful and the views amazing. By the time we were done my legs were like rubber and my stomach hurt from laughter. Dingo and Chris kept up a banter like something from a Monty Python movie that had me in stitches. Gotta love that stupid humour 😀
Dingo tried to plug his laptop into the cigarette lighter and blew a fuse which meant no tunes. I offered to sing but was told to find the fuse. Awwww. After digging all the bags and stuff out and figuring out the fuse panel, I couldn’t remove the spare. Zoe tried. Jess finally had success and we had music again.

When Dingo complained he was bored I offered to play a game so he started with the pictionary of movie titles with the dry erase marker on the windshield. Great fun until suddenly the front tire blew. I sure was impressed with the way he handled it, barely a swerve! Back in the bus after changing the tire I told him NEVER to say he was bored again.

The real bummer with the blow out was being too late for a camel ride. I was sad as I was quite looking forward to it.
We arrived in Alice Springs, the very centre of Australia and took silly pictures of the sign. After settling into the hostel we met for dinner at Annies, a very LOUD bar. It sure was a happening place for a Sunday night. The music was good, just loud. Sue and I opted to leave early and were surprised that Molly and Jess joined us. .I guess not all young people like to party that hard 🙂
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Just a few steps....

Just a few steps….

Just a little bridge

Just a little bridge

I don't want to get too close!

I don’t want to get too close!

And there goes Dingo....

And there goes Dingo….

There goes Mollie!

There goes Mollie!

Nice guy Chris

Nice guy Chris

Inside King's Canyon

Inside King’s Canyon

The garden of Eden

The garden of Eden

Are there pigmy koalas in that ghost gum tree?

Are there pigmy koalas in that ghost gum tree?

I dunno...think we can fix that tire?

I dunno…think we can fix that tire?

Hkiing in King's Canyon

Hkiing in King’s Canyon

Ummm I thought that was supposed to say Welcome to Alice Springs?

Ummm I thought that was supposed to say Welcome to Alice Springs?

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