Peter was up early, and encouraged me to the do the same, as the mist was lying over the river. I rushed out with the camera and tripod, and captured some wonderful images. Rather than leaving, we decided to spend another night at Palm Valley.
Peter drove the 5kms track to the start of the walks, and enjoyed the challenge. I captured his exploits on video. We did a 5km walk across the dry “tops” away from the Finke River, and looped back for expansive views across the ranges to the south, and views of the palms of Palm Valley. We particularly enjoyed seeing the spiky Spinifex bushes, although we passed them with some trepidation, having being told death adders are known to sunbake on top of them. We then walked slowly – in my case very due to a sore knee – back to the carpark. We stopped frequently to enjoy just sitting beside the “still waters” and reflecting. It was exciting in places as we were forced to wade parts of the track, and of course, we were both on the lookout for snakes.
After lunch, we took a quick trip to Hermannsburg for a fix of internet (Pete), and coffee, apfel strudel and icecream (both) – living the non-KETO dream.
When we got back, I checked out a persistent rattle – noticed by Pete – and discovered cracks in the anchor points of the “bash plate” under the front of the car. Our neighbour, another Peter (from Geelong), made some running repairs, and indeed did some additional work on the fix, as I napped in the trailer. Again, I am overwhelmed by the generosity of folks we meet on the road.