I’ve just gotten back from a 3.5 day trip to Ayers Rock. It was great! The people were fun, and the scenery was breathtaking. Day one we visited Kathleen springs since it was stormy at our primary destination of Rainbow Canyon. No big deal though…the real highlights of the trip were the next couple of days. We spent the next morning hiking in King’s Canyon with some spectacular gorges and waterfalls. That afternoon we started to do the walk around Ayers Rock when it started raining. The rock turned from a deep red to gun-metal grey and waterfalls just appeared out of nowhere. Apparently we’ve been very lucky to see this…not many people get to see the rock during a rainstorm.
The third day was the best. We finished the base hike, and visited the cultural center. After killing an hour there, the rock was finally dry enough for the rangers to open the climb. Only four out of 12 people (including me of course) actually made the climb. It was tough going for the first third, but the views were well worth it.
We got a lucky bonus…there was a total eclipse of the sun and we were in the path where we got 88% of the sun blocked out. It happened right before sunset, but it was awesome to see the sky get dark and then light again as the eclipse ended. There was something in the air that evening because we were treated to the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen. We weren’t expecting much, so no one had a camera.
Last night was the after trip party, and I’m still recovering from it. It was a great ending to hanging out with some fantastic people.