We drove 1000 Km from Melbourne, and now we're on the last stretch - nearly 100 Km of dirt road to reach into the Australian Outback.
Mr. Hill and Mr. G. sort out cooking their meals for the evening.
The next morning, the dawn paints the sky.
Huntingtower School of Melbourne Australia Year 11 outdoor education field trip to Plumbago Station in South Australia near the town of Broken Hill. Trip Leader: Carl Safstrom. Giving the students camping and hiking experience in the Australian Outback.
Our water bags are cooled by evaporation as the water slowly seeps out of the swollen canvas. The bags will often be hanging in trees like this because they leak and get dirty (not good for the evaporation process) when they get put on the ground.
Beau is our new navigator. Ando helps by imparting his extensive knowledge gained from acting as navigator on the first day.
And Mr. Hill sits up on the hill to be in the cool breeze and to enjoy the view of where we've come from.
A mangled kangaroo carcass slumps against a rock outside of what looks like a dragons lair.
No dragon, just these amazing Aboriginal cave paintings. I think the three same symbols in the middle is a kangaroo hopping.
A small side trip up a hill brought us to the Aboriginal cisterns where water was captured and stored to save for well after the rain has passed.
This windmill is set up over a water well and slowly pumps water up to the surface and into a holding tank. But only when the wind blows.
PLUMBAGO, AUSTRALIA - Red earth and blue sky.
Mr. Hill pointed this natural gargoyle shape that has grown from this Peppercorn Tree.
Sunset and the support vehicles at Camp III.
Some interesting clouds started to move in and form as we got ready to go.
A plump stubby tailed lizard tries to hide from the passing crowd and sticks his tongue out once discovered.
Carl says there was nobody home.
More Aboriginal Cave paintings.
The students had a 3 hour "solo" this afternoon, where they were placed in their own space to take time to just think about life, to draw, or write. Here are three of the many little encampments.
The next morning, the clouds remained after the rain and left a gap right at the horizon for the sun to glow through. The white streak is someone's headlamp walking through the frame of the long exposure time to the water jugs.
The progress of the sunrise.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Finally, the sun crests the horizon and sends its beams racing across the sky and into our corner of the earth.
A little horned lizard scurries by, going the opposite direction and trying to avoid being stepped on.
Another lizard (Dragon Lizard?) tries to hide under some brush as the group rambles along.
This one however did not escape his predator.
The rare sight of pooled water under the clouds of blame in the Australian Desert.
The clouds slowly start to part and let dappled rays of light through highlighting select parts of the landscape.