Thursday, May 19, 2011


We left the beach and headed for the desert this morning, flying out to Ayers Rock. Uluru, as it is called by the Aborigine people, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory and is one of Australia's most recognizable natural icons. It is a photographer’s dream because it appears to change color as different light strikes it at different times of the day, with sunset a particularly remarkable sight when it briefly glows red.
We arrived at 1330, picked up our rental, and checked in to our outrageously expensive hotel (there is one large conglomerate that has a “resort” and they can charge whatever they want-a true monopoly). Then we headed for the rock. We drove around it and took one short hike before parking the car among hundreds of other cars and waited for sunset, followed by a full moon.

Mutitjulu Waterhole

notice the slab that sheared off

Aboriginal cave drawings

There were many holes in the sides with "honeycombing" inside
 "The Climb" Uluru is considered sacred by the Aborigine people and they ask people not to climb it, not only because of the sacredness, but because 35 peoople have died trying it. However, it is not illegal to do so and many people were doing it. It appeared very steep with one rope to hang onto. Hank and Jim thought about doing it, but decided to honor the requests of the Aborigines.
Waiting for the sunset

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