So after a great night's sleep (bout hour and half!!) sweating a stone in weight, we were up at the lovely hour of 4.15 am. Breakfast in the dark, and then off on the bus to our next destination. We saw a Kangaroo running across the road when we were travelling on the bus, just before dawn!
The weather was much cooler today, much to everyone's delight. We reached Kata Tjuta (known in English as The Olgas). There was more short/long walk options but we decided seeing as the weather was cooler, we would go for it and do the long walk! There was a little trickle of rain but sure what is that to an Irish girl...But then it started lashing down, just as we were all ready for our walk, I mean pssing. But we still set off on our walk. We were soaked to the bone within minutes. Remember these are the same clothes as the day before - yes I know it's disgusting, 2 days, 1 night but if there is no shower, why bother! There were puddles in my runners cos we were literally walking through rivers, it was that heavy. After a while you give up attempting to walk on dry parts, cos your soaked anyway and there are no dry parts!! I actually really liked it though, it was still warm and it was just nice not to care!!! Only thing I was worried about was walking back down, thinking I might slip. And the camera, which did get a bit wet but dried out.
The most amazing thing about this was being able to see the waterfalls coming down the domes. Even the guide hadn't seen waterfalls on Kata Tjuta before. It didn't rain that heavy since November and before that, 14 months...I told you the rain is following us. It rained in the desert, in the outback, when we were expecting to die from dehydration! Ha! But it was just cool. We wouldn't have been able for too much if the weather had been like the day before so it was brilliant to be able to see more of the place.
The rain did stop about half way. The river, where I am in this pic, was running wild. The frogs started going then. They hibernate for sometimes up to 5 years, wait for the rain, come out and then start howling for their mates (not the buddy kind ) cos they know it's not long before they have to hibernate again. They sounded like sheep! Our guide gave us some info on the area and how it was formed, we had some biccies and were off again! Due to the torrential rain up further along the walk got impassable. There was a pool, where usually there is a path. Most people went for a swim, see the pics, I don't know why I didn't, was wet anyway, but I did photographer instead! Was getting hotter this stage so we were all starting to dry out. We did our walk back and you can't believe the river on the way back, practically dried out! And the difference in the domes, the waterfalls had stopped, they were a more red colour, before and after pics! It was cool. We saw some Euros on the way back (not the money kind, unfortunately), they look like smaller Kangaroos and some lizard thing I can't remember the name of. Got back to the bus, still a bit wet, tired, exhilarated, bursting for the loo (sick of the bush toilet!) and it was still only about 11 in the morn!! Brilliant, from about 45 degree heat to torrential rain! How lucky are we!!
I love to share this, it's hard to describe how all this felt to people, so I am boring ye by writing it all!
That's all for now, back with more shortly!!