Monday, May 26, 2008

Mars Bitches!!!

On the same day that our nation was landing on Mars, Inky and I were doing about as close as one can do while still being on earth. We landed at Uluru, which is smack in the middle of an orange landscape. The rock it self is over 1000 feet tall, and the path around it is 5 kilometers long. Inky and I checked into our campground and then went and checked out the big, beautiful rock.

There is no describing Uluru without seeing it for yourself. They tell you it will be bigger than you think, and it is. They tell you there is much more feature to it than you can see in pictures, and there is. Knowing all that, we were still taken aback by how amazingly brilliant it is. We considered it from a far, studied it from up close and walked in and out of its many rocky folds. When you look at it, it's almost as if some benevolent force poured it millions of years ago, and then set about the task of carving cool features into it. There are caves big and small, and long black ruts from where the water has been flowing over the side for eons. Throughout the the day the surface seems to change color, and the rock itself seems to look different depending on the vantage point you have of it. It is truly amazing.

At night we watched the sun go down, and returned to our camp for dinner in our cabin. Since we are staying at a campground and the hotels and restaurants here are WAY overpriced, we just hit the grocery story and laid in supplies when we landed. So we'll have a lunch and two dinners in our cabin, all of which we got for $40 bucks. Now that's budget traveling!

Today, we rose before the sun and went back to the rock so we could watch the sun go up. I think the thing that most impressed us was the amount of people who turn up to watch the sun come up on the rock, rather than the sunrise itself. Just as with sunset, you stand with your back facing the celestial event to see what effect the suns movements will have on the rock. Hoards of people watched the inert piece of rusted rock, as this beautiful outback sunrise took place right over their shoulder. It just goes to show you, crazy things happen in the outback.

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