Monday, July 23, 2012

Catch-up Post: Kings Canyon

Last November, after spending another night sleeping in the car at Curtin Springs Campground (where nobody was camping), Morgan and I drove to Watarrka National Park and did the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. It was a 6km trail with lots of climbing, and it was awesome! We were able to walk right along the edge of the cliff at points, and the overlooks were impressive. And the best part of all-it didn't rain! Of course, it was still chilly and cloudy, but for once, we weren't soaking wet.
My favorite part was probably the Garden of Eden. This is a waterhole in the middle of the canyon with huge ferns and a waterfall. The picture doesn't do it justice; it was beautiful! In the picture below, you can see the Garden of Eden far in the background. The one to the right is zoomed in. We were able to walk down to part of it at one point. If it had been a warm day, we would have loved to jump in and swim!

There were lots of strange rock formations along our hike, like these sandstone domes that look like beehives. Very cool. We finished off the afternoon with the short Kings Creek Walk that went into the gorge from the bottom (not nearly as impressive) and headed back to our car, planning to drive back to Ayers Rock that night. Things didn't go quite as planned...stay tuned...

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