I only had time for a quick peek at Alice Springs, known by the locals as “The Alice” before setting off on the next adventure.
Alice Springs is in the very centre of Australia encircled by thousands of kilometres of desert. It is a new town in a very old and stable geological area, built on the flood plains of the Todd and Charles river. This is an area of extremes, of droughts and flooding rains. In summer the temperatures can reach the mid 40’sC, in winter they can get down to -6C, and I am here in July, mid winter…
I had one day and I was on a mission to buy a beanie….
While on the art tour I had shown Sharon the camping itinerary and she had said, “wow that is a very busy, full programme, it will be cold in the tents. Have you got a beanie? You will certainly need one”.
So it was a walk to town, I definitely had to have a beanie…
The motel was across the road from the dry river bed of the Todd River.
Just look at that amazing sky. I also passed a number of groups of Aboriginals, mainly just sitting around.
I passed the entrance to the Botanic Gardens. They were temptingly a short way down the street from the motel. I will be back after the camping tour so will look around then.
But now I was on a mission.
Across a board walk admiring the many beautiful river red gums.
It certainly doesn’t look like a river but this can be a roaring torrent in the wet season.
Every year in August they have a famous boat race The Henley-On-Todd Regatta. Yes a boat race literally run by contestants in bottomless boat. The people of the Northern Territory have a reputation for being a bit crazy. The only time it was cancelled was in 1993 when the river flooded and due to the water they couldn’t “run” it… It is a crazy event and I found a you tube to show you. Sadly I will miss this event as it is the month after we go home. youtube(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWC6jxbNGzc})
I reach town and find the shopping centre.It had an interesting mural and I recognised it as Simpsons Gap. Also very life-like kangaroo and emu standing there.
Surprisingly there was not a lot of selection of beanies, but finally I found one in a sports shop. Now I am all ready for the next adventure.
On the way back home it started to rain, only a shower, but that was quite momentous since there had been no rain since January and that was only a dribble. Look at the black sky. What a change from the sky when I set out in the morning…Now I am ready to be picked up at 5-30am tomorrow morning, with my beanie clamped firmly on my head and over my ears!!! Uluru here I come… (to be continued)