Watarrka National Park: Home of Kings Canyon

Waking up hours before the sun to begin a dizzyingly steep climb up what’s known as “heartbreak hill” — as attempting this feat after sunrise is already considered dangerous due to desert temps and exposure — tends to become one of those mornings where I wonder: what am I doing? Why did I sign up…

Sunrise at Uluru

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” – Anthony Robbins

Sunset at Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta, also called by the English name, “The Olgas,” is a grouping of domed rock formations about 30 kilometers west of Uluru. The tallest of these domed rocks has 200 meters on Uluru, and the name Kata Tjuta means “many heads.” Daytime hikes reveal valleys and gorges.

#truthuncovered

Traveling truth: “You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” ― Miriam Adeney And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Quick stop: the coolest guy I’ve ever met!

This little devil is simply misunderstood. He has a heart of gold and is actually one of the sweetest and most interesting characters I have met in my travels. By sheer luck, we spotted this desert dweller on the side of the road and it proved to be one of those brief but unforgettable encounters….

Uluru at last.

Another day in the desert, another sunset! But this one is different. Can you see what’s in the background? This time it’s real! I have arrived! A few fun facts: Uluru rises 348 meters above the desert floor, which sources say makes it taller than the Chrystler Building in New York City. And much like…

About that camel —

I am pleased to announce I have finally achieved one of my three important and most pressing life goals: riding a camel. (Follow link to see related post.) And no, it was not the listless looking camel against quintessential backdrop pictured above but rather this alert and crafty looking one: Even with its intimidating teeth, hooves, and spitting…

Of “Fooluru” and life lessons

Perspective, perspective, perspective. The practical applications are endless …. I find it funny how often we deceive ourselves with stories we create about events, people, and places; these narratives are always shaded by our own perceptions and experiences making them tricky by default. For example: upon approaching a massive rock in the Red Centre, my heart…

Desert Magic

They say there are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going. I agree. For it has taken quite some time to reach this place: the Red Centre. And there is magic in the desert. It radiates from the sprawling rust-colored sands and endless blue sky. And the dancing flames of the campfire at night. As bits of…

Welcome to Alice Springs!

Alice Springs, oh Alice Springs — Not quite what I expected, though I can’t be sure what it was I had pictured before landing in this small town. Desolate red earth, cowboys, saloons, and horses? Another strange and anachronistic image conjured from pure lack of information. Referred to as the gateway to Uluru, Alice Springs,…

Wild Encounters:

On the way to Alice Springs, I encountered wildlife in unexpected places: stand alone cafes and rest stops for weary travelers. In fact, a quick stop at the Mataranka Territory Manor Motel and Caravan Park offered a most unusual surprise, the opportunity to feed freshwater baramundi. (I pet one as well, under the “chin.”) These finned locals…

Devil’s Marbles/Karlu Karlu Conservation Reserve

How did the Devil lose his marbles? Why are they in the Outback of Australia? And more importantly, what about “finder’s keepers”? The Devil’s Marbles/Karlu Karlu Conservation Reserve is a place of great significance for the Aboriginal people; and in my mind it remains shrouded in mystery — hazy stories of missing people lured by…