Monday, May 31, 2010

Alice Spring 1

(I am so angry, the second time typing this post due to some Blogger screw up! Totally changed my tone and whatever in talking about my trip!!!)

After a long hiatus from the face of internet, here I am again back from Alice Springs! Of course, here you go a picture of yours truly just to show that I am well and most importantly, please take some time out to remember 'me' before I got fat :(

An amazing escape from the gloominess and coldness that was (and still is) Melbourne, the sun and warmth in Alice Springs could probably hear my thanks. But fast forward, we were on our way for dinner! Note my flushed cheeks and slightly oilier face - heat!!

Ray: What do you feel like for your first dinner - meat, meat, meat or seafood?
Me: (dunno for what reason) Seafood!
Ray: Let me bring you to the best seafood place in town.
Me: Really the best?
Ray: More like one of the only one haha.
According to Prof. Tan, Alice Springs have to import seafood from Queensland and Darwin due to the town being nowhere near the sea or rivers that aren't dried up, freshness is not really up there.
We went to Barra on Todd.
Entrees were surprisingly big - almost twice the size of those in Melbourne's! Especially the crispy soft shell crab which I thought were supposed to be mini!

As for mains, I chose Chargrilled Barramundi. I mean, after all we are at Barra on Todd so of course I have to give face to the Barra.

While Prof. Tan had the Mussel Pot. Which was 'not-a-lot'. And 'only-1-kg'. Not mentioning 'most-of-the-weight-is-from-the-shells-anyway'. Those are quotes, mind you.

Not so much at all!

The very next SUNNY holiday (not the dark and cold working mornings!!), we began our adventure into the desert!
First stop: The West Macdonnell Ranges
1) Simpson's Gap.
Gaps are the low saddle sitting in between two areas of high elevation such as ranges and mountains. There is one just before Prof. Tan's lodging called Heavitree Gap which seems like it was there just to open up a path for cars to go through.
Simpson's Gap is different as it is considered sacred to the Arrernte Aboriginal people and is one of the most prominent waterholes in the park.

The sight of the red stone walls under the sun is just breathtaking.

Due to the lack of rain for the past few days, the waterhole shrank! According to Prof. Tan, when he went there a few days after a rainy day, there was actually a stream flowing through the gap.

2) Standley Chasm
Standley Chasm features sandstones as tall as 80 metres which are the results of flood millions of years ago that surged down a narrow tributary of the Finke River system. Leading to the chasm, is a small footpath lined with plants, rocks and creeks.

To get to the chasm, I had to lift logs. . .

. . step on small rocks. . .

. . . big rocks. .

. . . rocks on creeks. . .

. . . huge rock staircases. . .

. . . swing from branches. . .
. . and finally set sights on the really impressive chasm.

Okay, I am not a good standard in showing how huge the chasm is.

See, they are amazingly tall.

Makes us realise how small we are in comparison to the creations of nature and all its magic.

I am starting to love rocks. Stay tuned for more stories on rocks of all sizes, colours and shapes!!
Next on our itinerary? An off-road drive all the way to Kings Canyon! (Where all the drama came pouring in)

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