21 June, 2012

Outback Adventure Part 6!

 
We finally made it to Alice Springs!
Set up camp at the Big 4 caravan park. If you ever go to Alice, this caravan park was fantastic. Lovely grassy site. A bit different from the rock sites at Coober Pedy and Uluru!
 
There was a couple of jumping pillows and Austin and Nelson spent a lot of time there. That's Austin upside down above and Nelson doing a flip below.
We went to the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame. It is in part of the old Gaol. The above picture is a tapestry of famous women.
This quilt is called Patchwork of Empowerment and has 434 signatures of women who were first in their field.

 You can see how big the quilt is! There were lovely displays of old utensils, sewing machines and it showed you how life was back "in the old days".

 Next stop was the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. You get a friendly welcome here!
 
 Here you were able to hold different lizards and this snake!
 
Shocking photo I know but this proves I actually held the python! As soon as it was put around my neck, goose bumps appeared everywhere! Now I can say "been there, done that and won't do it again!" LOL

We went to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre. It was quite fascinating finding out how the RFDS came into being. Rev John Flynn founded it in 1928.
 This is a quilt depicting the service. The man in the centre is John Flynn. The quilt is behind glass so that's why there is a reflection.
 Here's on piece of the quilting to show you the detail. All the quilting showed other aspects of the service.
 At John Flynn's grave.
 Simpson's Gap. It's about 11km from Alice. Black-footed Rock Wallaby's are known to be found around here and we managed to find two of them.
At the end of the red arrow there are the two of them. If you click the photo is should enlarge and hopefully you can see them. You can see how well they blend in with the landscape.
 
 The dry river bed.
 A little bit further along was Standley Chasm. We waited until about 12 noon for the sun to shine directly down.
 Then it was off to Ellery Creek Big Hole. This is one of the biggest waterholes in the region.
 The boys went for a swim.
 Having a transport business, we had to go to the National Road Transport Hall of Fame. There were certainly some very old cars and trucks here.
 I took a photo of the Michelin Man. When Mitchell was really young, he was a bit tubby and my brother always called him Mitchellin Man! Now Mitchell knows who the Michelin Man is!

Well, I think that's enough for now. We're getting close to the end so maybe just one more post (or perhaps two) to finish off our Outback Adventure.

7 comments:

shez said...

wow Christine you got to see and do so much,i cant believe you actually had that snake on you,love the pic of the dry creek bed it would make a beautiful postcard,thankyou for sharing.xx

Nicky said...

Gorgeous photos Christine, looks like the perfect family trip. NOT so sure about that snake though!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

WOW.....great photos...you have a great caravan setup Christine...

Elyte said...

You went to some wonderful places and did some fun things, although I don't know if the python experience qualifies as "fun". Good on you for having a go, I don't know if I would have done so.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Thanks Christine for the sneaky of some things to see here...looks great. We staying at the big 4 but it is freezing no shorts tomorrow. LOL!

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Oh my gosh you are crazy! Just crazy!

Maria said...

Great photos of your travels..
See where the snakes tail is when you held it?????