Kakadu National Park

Trip Start Mar 14, 2007
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Thursday, November 22, 2007

There were five of us heading out Thursday morning in an old station wagon.  Sam and his Estonian girlfriend were in the front, and I was crammed in the backseat with two Dutch sisters, Charlotte and Elvira.  All our gear just barely fit into the back and on the roof.  We would be splitting gas and camping along the way, so hopefully the trip shouldn't be too expensive.  Our first stop was due east in Kakadu National Park, aboriginal land. 

We stopped at the Turtle Dreamsite on the way out there, which was beautiful.  Dreamsites are places that are part of aboriginal folklore.  At the campsite that night, I had a fun dinner with a nice group of Germans that were camping next to us.  It poured that night and my $20 tent provided as much protection as a sieve.  Everybody else slept in the girl's bathroom, but I stuck it out in my tent.  The next morning, the five of us climbed to a nice viewpoint and saw some aboriginal cave drawings.  Then we went to another site with more drawings and caves.  It was fun to soak in this new culture and be out in this new environment - it was very hot.  Oh, the flies, I nearly forgot.  There are so many flies in Australia, and they're so aggressive.  They make you want to kill yourself, and I'm not kidding.  Our campsite that night had a pool, so we got in a good swim - something that would become a big part of our days in all the heat.

Next morning, packed everything up again and headed on down the road to Katherine.
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