We are leaving the desert this afternoon to go to Cairns. And we are pleased about it. I have had enough of this desert. It's stupid. It's really hot - no-one told me that. Yesterday it was 44c in the shade, our clock died when it hit 60c in the tent and our shower gels started boiling. A cockroach had fallen out of a tree in front of our tent where it had baked to death. It was so hot last night we slept half out of the tent and didn't close the insect screen. A frog hopper flew into my ear at 1 in the morning. Of course it did. This is the desert. Things like that happen. So I had to go to casualty to get it removed and then we had no transport back to our campsite. So we walked. Gareth didn't have his contact lenses in. He kept thinking road signs were owls. We got back at 3am to find that ants had seiged our tent.
On the upside, there has been some reprieve. Our campsite is just outside a huge red rock where black footed rock wallabies and Euros (hill Kangaroos) live. They are very tame and come down in the evening to put on a show of traditional dancing. There are also scores of Port Lincoln Ringneck parrots, Galahs, Crested Pigeons, Magpie Larks and Black Kites that live in the campsite.
We hired a car on one of the days we were here and drove out into the East MacDonnell mountain range which is really beautiful....and hot. We also visited the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens where we sat and drank coffee in the shade and watched the myriad of bird life.
Yesterday we walked a hundred miles (approximately 1) to this aviation museum which was really cool - more photos for dads on our return!
Today we intend to spend our afternoon in Bojangles bar, getting drunk and snake wrestling (http://www.bossaloon.com.au/)
Next update from Cairns!
Alisha and Gareth x