My sunburnt country
Trip Start Jun 21, 2007
24Trip End Jul 14, 2007
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After brekkie we drove to the base of the canyon. The walk itself is 5.5kms along the rim - the first 250 steps being straight up. In 1989 we had to scramble over raw ground - nowadays they have built proper stairs from concrete and available rocks. It now has a proper carpark and notice boards with marked tracks and signposts.
It was a slow climb but once at the top it is mostly flat. Clark was an excellent guide explaining all about the formations, plants, geology, geography and botany
I was so disappointed to see that an area called Liliput had been almost completely destroyed by ignorant bastards smashing up the rocks. Perhaps it would have been better if they hadn't sealed the roads but then that tourism isn't it.
After 3 hours on top, my bladder was bursting and my knees had turned to jelly. The BOSS had to act as my living crutch for most of the descent - luckily not nearly as steep as the ascent.
It was a magical day and it is just as powerfully moving the second time around.
We lunched back at the resort then headed off around the Mereenie Loop Road - a 100km dirt track to Glen Helen. Although the track was relatively flat, it was dreadfully corrugated. After 3 hours it felt like a full body massage - if you consider being pummeled by a Sumo wrestler to be a massage.
When we finally arrived at Glen Helen Resort at 5pm, the group split up and half went back to Alice Springs including all the Irish guys. The rest of us (including to my bitter disappointment Miss Yakety Yak) were booked into the bungalows. Visions of proper rooms with proper showers were quickly dispelled when we were shown our dorm room - 5 women crammed into one tiny room with the showers at the end of the block
As there was now only 8 of us, and we had lost Natalie, we had to cook for ourselves in the open kitchen. Too many cooks were crammed in so I retired to the bar to write and to my delight, the jukebox was playing the best of the 70's and 80's mostly Australian bands. I just sat and absorbed the fabulous atmosphere - topping off a perfect day.