Monday, October 1, 2007

The Australian Outback

After camping near Ayers Rock, we proceeded our ride and trailed the dramatic desert landscapes to the Stanley Chasm. It's very colorful and magnificient. You have to be fit and be willing to walk and hike to enjoy the natural beauties of the OZ homeland.

As we were resting we saw rock kangaroos. They are tiny like rats. Before I went to the Outback, I used to think all kangaroos are huge. However, I later learned that there are numerous species from colors to sizes.
Can you see the kangaroos? The are near the holes. It was hard to see them with my naked eyes when I was physically there. If you look hard enough you may be able to figure out a couple of them out there.

Do you know that Central Australia has the largest population of wild camels? They are not native to Australia but they adapt very well to the arid desert. They arrived in Australia before the railroads were built.

At night we had campfire where we baked Damper, the famous OZ bread and took turns to play the didjeridoo for the first time for most of us. You can't imagine how awful the wind instrument sounded in the wrong hands. Our guide was very good at it. It gets better after you learn how to do it. The didjeridoo is made from the eucalyptus log where the inside is hollow after having been eaten by the termites. Apparently the history of more than 1500 years' instrument was discovered by accident when one of the men blew the termites out of the hollow log into the air.

I hope you will have the opportunity to enjoy and experience the Outback on your own.

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