We started out with a day trip around a few historic sites and national parks. Here is the vehicle we travelled in.
We drove down into the Finke River. That's something I found really odd. We passed all these "rivers" that had no water in them. Supposedly during the wet season they do fill up and even flood, though I have a very hard time believing that. The drive down into the river bed was really rough. We were belted in, but even with that we were tossed all around our seats going over these huge bumps and dips.
This is me walking in the Finke River. I think I'll have to come back during the wet season. They say it looks entirely different.
We hiked up to this peak to look out over the river.
Here are some views from the peak. That is me trying to get out of the shot (Michael was the photographer for the trip.)
Once we managed to get out of the river valley (another rough ride), we drove to Palm Valley. Way back, 200 million years ago this area was covered with rainforest. Some of the vegetation has survived, creating places like Palm Valley.
We hiked along here for a few hours, then had a picnic lunch. A great start to our trip.