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Saturday, February 18, 2012

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(Pickles)

Technically this passes the Bechdel Test

Australia 2011 - Day 5, Part 1 - Kata Tjuta

"I always run into strong women who are looking for weak men to dominate them." - Andy Warhol

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Australia 2011
Day 5 - 2nd August - Kata Tjuta
(Part 1)

The previous night I'd tried to download map data so my Navigation app would work, since Google Maps needed data to work. However despite 7 hours the download didn't finish. This wasn't that big of a problem, since when there was no data the direction to proceed in was generally clear.

We woke up early to see the sunrise from the Kata Tjuta viewing point.

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"Le safitei de feu"
I've no idea what went wrong in the translation process.

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Direction of viewing area from walkway near carpark

Ironically, though the viewing point was for Kata Tjuta everyone was looking at Ayer's Rock in the distance.

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Sunrise: Ayer's Rock in the distance

There was a Japanese tour group, which was comforting after all the PRCs.


Sunrise panorama at 7am

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Sunrise panorama at 7:07am

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Kata Tjuta

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Sunrise panorama at 7:21am

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Sun rising like Aten


Emerging Sun Disc


Sunrise panorama at 7:29am

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Crowd

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On the Kata Tjuta landscape

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Kata Tjuta stitch

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"Kapi - Drinking Water. Anangu, the traditional owners, say:... always drink water and you'll be sure to survive here"

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On Valley of the Winds

"Detailed knowledge of the area is restricted to certain people only. It is forbidden to pass this information on to the wrong people. Therefore we cannot share any of the creation stories with you."
Hopefully nothing will happen to those certain people.

We then walked up to Kata Tjuta - the sand domes. Unlike Uluru, you can't climb them (and you're threatened with criminal penalties if you do so). As they are probably less sacred than Ayer's Rock, the reason is of course that this wasn't in the agreement with the Australian government, like with Kata Tjuta.

Due to time constraints, we took the Karu Lookout route, the shortest of the 3.

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The approach. The aea reminded me of Las Médulas.


Kata Tjuta panorama

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Dome


Another panorama

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Side of dome

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Third panorama

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Rocks on floor

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Dome

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Path, with relac one corner in the background

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Valley from Kata Tjuta

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Panorama within domes, in Valley of the Winds

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Flora


Wind whistling in rocks. It was quite spooky

Others continued on but we turned back.

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Tree

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Rest stop, with another relac one corner

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No climbing

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More flora
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