Australia: Friday, November 16, 2012 Alice to Uluru

Friday, November 16, 2012                   Alice to Uluru

The road from Lasseter’s Casino, Alice Springs to Uluru redefines long and flat.  Either side the landscape is dotted with red sand, brush, an occasional outcropping.

Good conversation with Dava Sobel (Galileo’s Daughter) and David Levy (Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9) at the Rock.  One of the best things about traveling to see an eclipse is sharing the experience with fascinating guests.  An eclipse tour is like a family reunion.  Many of our guests have traveled with us since 1986 (Halley’s Comet), 1991(Total eclipse), and others joining along the way.

There it is:  The Big Red Rock.  Again we take the group on a base walk before toasting the magic hour.  Vibrant colors.  Nature’s fine creation.  What a piece of work is this mighty land.

Fun dinner at the Outback Pioneer where we selected and Bar-B-Qued our own meat from a selection of kangaroo, crocodile, prawns, T-bone ++.   Sandy and Lucille, Dr. Seth and Karen Shostak grill their own.

Tomorrow Dr. Seth Shostak, wife, Karen and I jump from this tour to join the Indian Pacific group in Perth.  Then for three nights we will cross back this wide continent to Sydney.

Melita from Uluru

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