Back to this post and the mind blowing King's Canyon. With a 5am start we were able to watch the sun peak over the rocks and begin to cover everything in light. Utter magic. Also reminiscent of the Lion King, everything the light touches is our kingdom. Yes, I felt like Mufasa and it was awesome.
The Canyon is relatively young compared to some of its outback counterparts and completely unique in its look with its craggy surface. The rock is incredibly soft so parts have worn and fallen away. Left is a combination of beehive-like domes and sheer flat rock faces. I want to show you everything, I hope I do it justice.
We continued to walk down through the rocks that stood alone and together as huge, red guardians.
Extraordinarily, life is everywhere in this desert looking place. Deep reservoirs of water sustain plant and animal life alike. There is beauty everywhere, whether in the orange stones or delicate wild flowers that blossom between their crevices.
As we wound downwards, we headed toward the aptly named Garden of Eden.
The lovely Emily and I lagged behind trying to capture as much of this incredible place as possible. It got us in trouble with our guide but who knows if I can ever touch the red rocks of the canyon again or see my reflection in the Garden of Eden.
From here you could see how the soft rock had cracked and fallen away, leaving smooth (and rather scary) faces of rock.
As we drove back towards Alice Springs we stopped at a camel farm. Surprisingly Australia has the largest population of wild camels in the world. As we drove through the outback we saw a few small wild groups too.
And a little... Characterful.
The camels kindly let us ride them and I can tell you it was quite an experience. Trying to ride a camel like a horse doesn't work. Why? Hump. Makes for a bumpy ride.
Back in Alice Springs for the night we all showered to banish the camel and camping smell and headed out for dinner together at Annie's Place.
Meet Emily and Heather. Thank you travelling for exposing me to two funny, wise and awesome women.
There was pizza, there was cider. There was also a lot of dancing, singing and laughing.
I part with most of this group now but I have absolutely loved their company. Onto Darwin now. New people, new adventures.