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Trip Start Jan 20, 2005
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Trip End Sep 10, 2005


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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Another day , another relocation. That's right , we were about to go with two guys that had a car when we began calling the rental agencies. Finally , we found a relocation from Darwin to Adelaide that needs to be back by the beginning of July and unlimited Kilometers! Perfect! We grabbed the van and set off to the Kakadu national park.
The Kakadu National Park area has mainly two season - the wet season and the dry season. Now is the dry season which is perfect because the roads are open and there are no floods.
First we took a crocodile boat tour. The water in the river is salt water from the sea but during the wet season it turns to fresh water. This means that in the water you can see the "salties" which are the B-I-G saltwater crocodiles. We entered a small boat and began floating along the thick , brown river waiting for crocs. The guide had huge chunks of raw meat on the back of the boat which he attached to a wooden rod. When a croc would approach , he would hang the stick out and make the croc leap for it so that we could see it's entire size. When the croc is in the water you only see their glistening eyes peeping out of the water with that familiar look that you often give your lamb chops. The tour was good fun and we saw about four or five different crocs and huge eagles that also live in the area.
Now it was time to finally get to know a little big about the aboriginal people. Most people don't understand them because when you see them in big cities they are drunk annoyances but these are the aboriginals who have been banished from their tribes or lost their lands. The aborigines in the Kakadu city of Jibaru are the drunk scary ones while the friendly park rangers and quite the opposite.
We saw aboriginal rock art and climbed around to various lookouts and basically crammed most of the park into a day. There are many 4x4 tracks that we couldn't access but I think that we learnt the main things about the nature in the park and a little about aboriginal life as well.
Now , it's off to the desert. Time to get to Alice Springs and Uluru (The famous big red rock). I'm glad that I found out about Kakadu , I could have easily missed it and most people do. Another spontaneous decisions and more importantly ... I saw more Crocs!!
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