Bob Posted September 29, 2010 Report Share Posted September 29, 2010 Each "gap" in the Ranges usually meant there was a waterhole, which in the good years when there's been a fair bit of rainfall, leaves a good deal of water to swim in and enjoy. More important though, it's life saving water for the wildlife.In the dry years everything retreats to the remaining water holes and you can imagine the competition that puts on the wildlife.We drive on to Ellery Big Waterhole thro countryside that's had good rains this winter and looks as green as I've ever seen it. Usually this is getting towards the end of the long dry season and everything starts to look parched. This year all the plants are in bloom and the trees have a lustre that's remarkable for this time of year. A creek crossing with water flowing - a treat for me to see this!Ellery Big WaterholeIt's pretty cold, but great once you get out on a warm / hot day. This time of the year (Sept / Oct school holidays) is really good for the kidsWe both jumped in and swam thro the gap to the far side. I was buggered by the time I got back - unfit!There is camping facilities here at Ellery. It deserves a mention as a cheap alternative to the accomodation in town (Alice Springs). Here, it's around $7 a night for a family (mum, dad + up to 4 kids!)Now you don't have to sell one of your kids into slavery to have a good fortnight's holiday!this is a rig (caravan) like mine, but others have the wind-up Jaycos as in the previous photo, to the right, which services well for a family on a budget.You've got running water laid on at the tanks by the Information Office about 50 yards / 50 metres away . . . . You have to run and get it!The solar panels on the roof were impressive on the Info CentreThe fireplace. A bloke I spoke to having the wind-up Jayco caravan said he's sat around the fire the previous night with his sonThe whole area is clean and tidy with free gas barbies to use. You just toss your chops on!My wife is a flower fanatic. I'll be driving along the highway with a 2.5 ton 4WD towing a 2.4 ton caravan fully laden and I'll have to stop on a threepenny bit to take a picture of a flower in the bush she's seen!Anyhow . . . this is me, the closest I'm coming to "smell the roses"A desert roseMore photos tomorrow. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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