Ayers Rock Desert Color

Australia: Day 4 – Travel Day to Ayers Rock

Today is a a travel day from Hobart to Ayers Rock via Canberra and Sydney.  They day started at 3:00am Sydney time, and every flight featured loud, obnoxious children under the age of 4 behind me.  One started kicking the back of my chair until I said loudly, “What the hell?!” as I turned and starred at the parent.  Do I wear a sign that encourages this?

The Aussies are very laid back.  One of their favorite expressions seems to be, “No worries.”  And no worries indeed…

As we were landing, we were flying through clouds for the longest time.  I was thinking, “Hmm, aren’t we supposed to be in the desert?  So, why are there thick, thick clouds?”  Suddenly we could see the desert floor under the cloud cover.  We were about to land.  But there was no runway!  The fool pilot had missed the runway.  Suddenly the jet engines go to full throttle and we start to pull up before he hit the dirt.  He had anticipated the runway miles before it was actually out there.  Fortunately he pulled up in time, and we landed without issue.

No worries!

Yes, it never rains in the Outback.  Except for when I’m here.  It’s been pouring for days!

No worries!

Because it never rains, when it does rain, well, Houston, we have a problem.  My assigned room was musty smelling, even smelled of mold.  In bare sock feet, one quickly discovered the carpet was spongy wet.  I demand a new room.

No worries!

Because of the rain, we are told that if any desert critters come visit us in the rooms, just call the front desk.  They will assist.  A mouse scurries across the floor in the night.  I was too tired.

No worries!

Time for a shower.  Oops.  No water?!  Well, the water main for the whole city burst, and they’re working on it.  In the desert?  No water?  Should I be saving the rain water??  Time for a bath in the pool.  (You only think I’m kidding!)

No worries!

Well, rain or shine, I’m heading off to the rock this afternoon at 2:00PM.  They say only 3% of all the people who visit the rock get to see waterfalls gushing off of it.  Maybe I’ll be lucky?

No worries!

Tomorrow is a scheduled helicopter tour.  We’ll see.  Maybe it will stop raining.

No worries!

Below are pictures of my walk in the rain.  The colors in the desert are beautiful, and the smells are fantastic!  (Click any photo to enlarge.)

 

Ayers Rock Desert Color
Ayers Rock Desert Color

Hotel at Ayers Rock

4 thoughts on “Australia: Day 4 – Travel Day to Ayers Rock”

  1. A great green shadow of jealosy washes over my face, etc. (the etc. is painful). Hope you haven’t rushed off without Bill Bryson’s (Jesus, he’s now an OBE) guidebook cum critique of the “Counterweight Continent”. UK pubs call it “Down Under”, in USA its “In a Sunburned Country” and okay, its ten years old but someday you will be old and tired and on a return flight back to US and when you fall asleep your mouth will be frozen in a smile. Buy it. Get some Aussie to inscribe it somewhere unimportant. If you don’t enjoy it Unfriend Me.

  2. Any snow anywhere anyone can find on any map down there in early winter? Do dribble cups still work? Don’t suppose you’re travels will ever get you to Cowra. Spent a week on sheep station there in the 1960’s. Wonderful family, wonderful experience!

  3. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time in the rain. At least you did not have a snake as your roommate! The pictures of the desert are beautiful. Can’t wait to read “Tim’s next great adventure”….

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