2015 Simpson Desert Trip

Our most Iconic Australian Rocks… absolutely rock!

Sunrise over the dunes

A burning sunrise over the sand dunes

Sunrise over desert

Its a brand new day, and we plan to start with a climb of Uluru. This is my third visit to the Rock, I don’t remember my visit in 1970 with mum and dad but I recall climbing Ayers Rock on a school bus trip when I was 16. This is Alan’s second visit. His first was at age 24 when he dashed up that very big mountain to the top in 20minutes. So all you blokes out there, in their late fifties, can well image the HUGE pressure Alan faced when arriving at the base of the climb, pumped and ready to zip on up there in, lets say, a very respectable time. It didn’t help that his best mate, Smokey, did the climb just yesterday in 40 minutes.

We buy our 3 day passes to visit both rocks of note in the area and pose in the Bushman for this picture.

Bushman at Uluru

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Uluru is gorgeous. Curvaceous. Smooth. She has beautiful, architectural form. I don’t remember this and I am fascinated by the geological origins as well as the aboriginal dreamtime stories that depict very strong warrior women. In my mind Uluru is most definitely a voluptuous woman!

Sacred Womens placestreaming The Boss Baby 2017 film

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Weird eroded shapes in the rock's surface

Weird eroded shapes in the rock’s surface

Early winter sunrise over Uluru

Early winter sunrise over Uluru

A golden sunset across the desert

A golden sunset across the desert

We have spent 3 nights in the Ayres Rock Caravan park and today we visit Kata Tjuta ( The Olgas). We had been told this collection of rock formations were the same as Ayres rock, but Alan and I being keen amateur ‘Rock Monsters’ realise the minute we get up close and personal with these round monoliths that they are of completely different construction. They are conglomerates of round water-worn granite rocks that at some point appear to have been flooded with a lava flow that has concreted them all together. I think it actually resembles a man made mountain built by an ancient people.

The beautiful Olgas Collection

The beautiful Olgas Collection

The conglomerate of rock in the foreground is what the entire range of mountains is made of.

The conglomerate of rock in the foreground is what the entire range of mountains is made of.

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There is a hidden oasis found in the centre of the Olgas, full of healthy Red River Gums, Desert Oaks and wild flowers

There is a hidden oasis found in the centre of the Olgas, full of healthy Red River Gums, Desert Oaks and wild flowers

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We are heading along the Stuart Highway, South down toward Coober Pedy from here. Trying to stick to the bitumen for a while until we test that our network control system is up and running properly.

We will have more of our adventure stories to tell in a week or so.

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