Day 4 in Australia: Heading to the Red Center

8 Feb

I caught a 9:45 am flight out of Melbourne to Alice Springs, pretty much smack dab in the middle of the continent. Got off the plane and onto the tarmac and the heat just about knocked me down. Holy crap!

This is the desert interior. Home of aborigines and white folks dumb enough to brave the heat. I walked from my hotel room into town, maybe 20 minutes, and I was wiped. Had some lunch and then walked back and took a cold shower.

This heat thing is probably going to be the biggest challenge for me over the next 2.5 days. At 5:30 am tomorrow the tour van comes to pick me up and the Outback adventure begins. Day 1 includes a 3-hour midday desert hike — I know, insane. If I don’t post again and never make it back to Seattle, you’ll know why.

The sky is amazing here though. Can’t wait to see the stars from remote campsite tomorrow night — if I’m alive.

This evening I walked down the street to a sports park and watched part of a cricket match. I still don’t know what’s going on. Looks like baseball, of course, so it was highly boring. And to think that some types of cricket matches can go on for days.

Some pics from today. As usual, click them to make them larger.



One Response to “Day 4 in Australia: Heading to the Red Center”

  1. Paz February 8, 2015 at 7:37 PM #

    Watch out for dingos!!!

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