Swagman

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
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Trip End Mar 15, 2007


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Thursday, November 30, 2006

5:30am
"Morning"
"Is it?"
"Yup"
"Urgh"

Glenn our driver got the introductions over swiftly as the 19 of us poured onto the bus for the start of 3 days together around the red centre sights starting with a 4.5 hour drive to Kings Canyon.

Having ploughed this route for around 15 months now Glenn emphasized the importance of drinking water above all else here, sensible advice but with the scare stories seeing us downing more water than Niagara falls some almost had a cow before  reaching the first toilet stop. This was at a camel farm giving some a chance to go for a short ride while the rest checked out the emus and gallahs, Australias other famous-ish bird.

Getting ready for the 3 hour hike around the rim of Kings Canyon there was a bit of a wet t-shirt competition first to cool down as much as possible before setting off straight up the steepest part of the whole walk right at the start.

The canyon was pretty impressive with weathered rock formations surrounding the main gorge which although not that big still had more than enough good photo opportunities.

Getting to know a few more of the people as we walked around with Natasha from Vancouver and Alex from France being the only 2 others here on their own along with Jonas from Germany who we all got to know with his inability to shut up all day including hearing about his bowel problems from something he ate yesterday as I made a mental note not to put my swag next to his tonight.

We stopped around half way for a dip in the Garden of Eden a small water pool, cooling off before continuing on for the final hour with our clothes completely dry in that time.

A few mistaken oos and ahs were heard as we passed Mount Conner looking very much like Ayers Rock from a distance as we stopped for a few photos. Stopping here also was a traveling gypsy from Germany with his camel drawn caravan traveling about since 1968 preferring to travel alone he says to be able to meet more people. Rings a bell.

Just before sunset we arrived at our clearing in the desert were we laid out our swags, a kind of big sleeping bag, while some dinner was rustled up. Jonas was still going on trying to impress the two Canadian girls as I joked with the two Swiss girls about chocolates and handy little pocket knifes until they showed me theirs, the thing even had a thermometer on it.
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