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Australia - 2005-04-18 - 4 - Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - The Olgas (Kata Tjuta) - Valley of the Winds Walk (Page 1)

The reason that almost everyone comes here is Ayers Rock (Aboriginals call it Uluru). However, we decided to put that off for a day & concentrate on checking out The Olgas (Aboriginals call it Kata Tjuta). The first thing we were surprised at was the cost of the park. It costs $25 per person for 3 days & that is the only pass you can get. Seeing both Ayers Rock & the Olgas gives you a weird feeling because they both have this blue glow about them when you are driving up to them, like they are not natural. It is like they are painted into the landscape & don't really belong there, because is basically flat around everywhere except where they are at. When you get up to the Olgas you see the size of them. They are so massive & yet each is very different. We decided to do the full Valley of the Winds walk (which we found out later was almost closed for the day because it was too hot). It is a 4 hour track that takes you into & through the Olgas. It is absolutely an incredible walk & is tough in certain places. The walk has 2 lookout points. The first is Kanu which provides a good lookout but is more of a place to checkout the rocks around where you are at. I was intrigued by how the rock would change color from deep reds, to black, to orange in different places. It is like all of this was put here at different times, from different places. As you can see from the pictures on the first page I was in full sun & fly gear. I had a long sleeved thin shirt on to protect from sunburn. I also had my cap & bandanna on to protect my head from the flies. They go for your mouth, nose, eyes & inside your ears, it is just crazy. We also had our warm water with us, which we ended up refilling 2 times on the track where we could. The second page of pictures is basically the walk between the different rocks. The third page is of the second lookout, Karingana. It was more of a lookout than the first one & had some great views. While we were there we met this nice group of German people. The one lady took Adrian & I's picture. Another person from their group asked if I was having an issue with the flies (which the obvious answer to was yes). So she gave me her fly head net because she said she didn't like it. That was quite the find because it worked like magic. I could breathe better & it was not as hot as the bandanna. I ended up wearing that for the walks during the next 4-5 days. Page 3 has a picture of me wearing that if you are having trouble visualizing it. The last page is the end of the walk. The walk is one of the top 10 I have done in Australia & was absolutely stunning in certain locales.

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