Adventures in the Outback
Carrie, Julius, Michele and Glenn - the four intreped travelers at Uluru.
July, 2017 - Welcome to Alice Springs
Long flights brought us to the welcoming arms of Julius and Carrie in the desert town of Alice Springs, Australia.
From their fenced in back yard there is simply the desert with a backdrop of the MacDonnell Range Mountains. After a yummy lunch
Alice Springs Desert Park
also saw a show about birds of prey.
presentation on aboriginal
languages, of which there are
hundreds, included a Bingo game where we connected photos of desert
fruits, vegetables and habitats to their Arrenti word. Arrenti is both
the name of the Aboriginal people of
and the name of their language. The attempt by Westerners to
record this previously only oral language struck our ears as absurd.
ranger told us that the initial “a’s”
in the spelled words were not pronounced (so why
include them in a
phonetic spelling???), but we heard the “a’s” in arrkennke (bush
amirre (spear thrower) and aherre (red kangaroo.) Two “rr’s” sound like
“p’s” like “b’s” and so on. Yet the Aboriginal ranger or traditional
gratitude for the effort to preserve
these languages, many of which no
have any living speakers, or are only known by a handful of
We watched a wallaby and her tiny joey feeding just a few feet away from us as dusk fell over the towering red quartzite walls of Simpson’s Gap.