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2008-01-19 The West MacDonnell Mountains

Today we visited the mountains west of Alice Springs. They're a bit shorter than what we're used to in the Pacific Northwest, but still beautiful. From above they look like a caterpillar, no doubt part of the reason why they are referred to as the caterpillar dreaming lands. We had some lovely hikes and/or swims in places like Simpson's Gap, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek, the Ochre Pits, and Ormiston Gorge. We even had a few rock wallabies pose for some photos. Tomorrow we head for Uluru (aka Ayers Rock), the huge red monolith in the center of Australia. Hopefully we'll be able to send images from the beautiful rock that has tremendous historical and cultural significance for Aborigines. Cheers, Randy

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