|Umbrawarra Gorge||May 17 - 18 2021|
|Just to remind us of how great are the distances between
places in Australia.
Alice Springs 1,263 km. We've driven about 4,500 km in nearly a month.
The more astute will realise that Alice Springs and Katherine are to our south, while we are generally heading north and west.
We took a quick detour into Pine Creek to use the dump point then backtracked a couple of km to find the road west to Umbrawarra Gorge.
|A couple of nights in the campsite. A lazy first day at the
Admiring the grass (which is subtly different to watching it grow).
There's also spinifex.
|Near sunset we raced (well, perhaps stumbled, or crawled
due to the lack of a path) up the escarpment behind the campsite.
The gorge is to our left. The campsite below. Our bit of escarpment is much like the nearest in the pic.
|A quick panorama.|
|The vegetation atop the escarpment is much different to that in the valley.|
|The gorge is about 4km long. We managed perhaps a bit more
The first part has a concrete path, which deteriorates to a walking track, which fades to boulder hopping.
This is early in the boulder hopping. Cross the creek to get past the cliff.
|Then cross back to avoid a paddle in the next pool.
Which is somewhat bizarre as part of the exercise is to have a swim.
Take a plastic bag for the camera next time?
|One pool more than the last passable one.
Bluffs on both sides.
|A bit like something from Indiana Jones and the Last
Crusade. Where the hero stepped courageously into nothing, to find a rock
Looked at from the side of the pool there was a sand bank, a bit more than knee deep. But unlike in the film, a gap at thefar end.
And coarse sand under water tends to allow feet to sink into it.
I'm not feeling courageous. And its not a film .....
|And not really visible from the front.
A couple of steps and retreat was in order.
|While some swam others gazed at the rocks.
Illuminated by reflections off ripples in the water.
This is even more relaxing than watching grass grow.
|Return to campsite was uneventful.|
|In the distance some "controlled burning".
Too far away to worry us. Though we did notice the occasional bit of charcoal ash descending.
Common in the Northern Territory.
|We'll borrow the bird book tomorrow! .......
and, yup, tomorrow arrived .....
its a silver-crowned friarbird.
|While waiting for tea we were entertained by a goanna. Enchanted by its markings.|
|Trying to observe whether the skin pattern extends to the
end of its tail.
Which is very important for identification .... some are more rare than others ....
|A last check of the camp before leaving.
Not sure where to, we'll stop in Pine Creek for dump point and internet to do a little planning.
Probably along the Daly River somewhere.
|Oolloo Crossing||May 19 - 23 2021|