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MY GOD!! Clint went around the camping ground at 04.50, playing his special kind of aborigine music, sounds like rrrrrrhoe, rrrrrhoe, rrrrrhoe, rrrrrhoe. Really a special kind of sound. I don’t think I have been up that early for years. The reason for the early rise was that we should be able to see the sunrise but unfortunately there was a huge cloud covering the whole event, ☹ but it was beautiful anyway.
Then we had a cold breakfast. Bread and butter (they had gluten free bread, wooohooo), milk, jam and cereals (the gluten free cereals were great) and instant coffee (I’ve had better).
We put on sunscreen, got dressed and packed our stuff in the car and then there was a warm breakfast, egg toasts (toasts with egg filled holes). And you all know how I feel about eggs. And if you don’t, I’ll tell’ya. I think they taste exactly as they smell. Ughhh! I would love to love eggs, they are so practical picnic food and also you can do so many different things with eggs. BUT no, I do not like them. Unfortunately. ☹
We drove off from camp to Indian Head, a sacred place, a high cliff where the aborigines had their trials. If you had done something wrong, you had to walk up the cliff. On the top there were three “elders” who would judge you. You told your story, your version of what had happened and then the judges would decide if you were guilty or not. If you were found not guilty, you could just turn around and walk down the cliff again BUT if you were found guilty, the only way for you was to continue walking up the cliff and just continue walking, until you fell off the cliff. Kind of fast and really cheap trials compared to the ones we have today, that can go on for weeks and even months. The question is how fair they were and how many not guilty people that had to step up the cliff towards eternity.
The view from the top of the cliff were stunning. So beautiful in all directions, so at least the guilty ones got a last beautiful view of The Planet Earth before they left.
Next stop was the Champagne Pools, natural formed pools in between cliffs and rocks. Unfortunately this time of year the water is very low in these pools so we just stayed for around half an hour and then we drove to a nearby “sea-lake” and swum there for half an hour. Really nice.
Drove to a park kind of lunch area with benches and tables. Had the same lunch as yesterday. Not exciting but OK for me, but I thought about the Indian family in the group, that stated (silently) the very first day that the lunch did not taste anything at all. Understandable, since they are used to really spicy food. During lunch a kookaburra bird flew over our table, felt the claws in my hair, hahahaha, and landed on the ground just beside us. Then flew up in a tree and sat there posing for photos quite a while. She/he was so cute, really a fluffy kind of bird.
We stopped and had a quick look at the SS Maheno wreck. It was just a very rusty old wreck. If you are interested in the story, you can read more about it here.
Eli Creek is one of my favourites. A creek with super clear water, so clean you can drink right from it. You go up-stream and then you go into the creek and just float down with the stream Lovely. Jörgen and Jossan just went once, I had to do it one more time. Great feeling, lying there, just floating in beautiful waters. Sunbathed for an hour and Jossan and me actually fell asleep a short while until one of the other Swedes came by and said that we were about to leave. 😀
Airplane island round trip
After Eli Creek we drove a few hundred meters and then stopped by two small airplanes. There two pilots in “knee socks”, so funny, offered us to take a short tour in the planes. 17 in our group went for the tour. They took 60 dollars for a 15 minutes flight. No payment in advance, the deal was: If you come back, you pay. :-O Jossan joined, but Jörgen and me stayed on the ground.
Dinner and evening entertainment
This evening we had a meat stew for dinner. I hardly could find any meet at all, got over cooked rice, carrots and peas. It is hard cooking out in the forest for such a large group of people and with rather simple equipment. The volunteers working there were very nice and service minded, and really tried their best under the circumstances they had.
After dinner we had some entertainment from within our group. A couple from US, Brad and his girlfriend, played the guitar and sang in harmonies. Really great, much appreciated! And then one of the volunteers took the guitar and sang two or three songs and she was really great as well. What talents we had in the group. Fantastic! 😀