Rocks Around the Clock

23,000 years ago, the Anangu (Aboriginal people) began to roam this land.  Just 70 short years ago, non-Aboriginal (aka "The White Man" - which we are called) decided it would make a good tourist destination.  Fast forward to October 17 & 18, 2013 - Annie & Michael came to visit.  We weren't quite sure what Uluru (aka Ayers Rock) would have in store.  Basically, all that is here are two large rock formations, an airport (airstrip) and a resort village.  The next town is more than 450 kilometers away.  This is seriously in the middle of nowhere, Central Australia.  But, we are really grateful that we had the chance to see these natural wonders and learn more about the Anangu culture.  

The most beautiful views of the rocks are at sunrise and sunset.  This is Uluru (from a distance) at sunrise.

The most beautiful views of the rocks are at sunrise and sunset.  This is Uluru (from a distance) at sunrise.

This is Kata Tujuta at sunrise. 

This is Kata Tujuta at sunrise. 

This is to prove that we did, in fact, get up at 4:00 AM to go and look at two rocks at sunrise.

This is to prove that we did, in fact, get up at 4:00 AM to go and look at two rocks at sunrise.

As our guide drove us toward the base of Uluru, he explained the spiritual and cultural significance of these two sacred places to the Anangu.  During their 23,000 years - these were places of meeting, worship and ritual.

As our guide drove us toward the base of Uluru, he explained the spiritual and cultural significance of these two sacred places to the Anangu.  During their 23,000 years - these were places of meeting, worship and ritual.

These are ancient drawings that were done by the Anangu to hep pass knowledge down from generation to generation.

These are ancient drawings that were done by the Anangu to hep pass knowledge down from generation to generation.

Many visitors have come to Uluru to climb to the top.  Over the years, the Anangu people have begun to ask tourists to stop climbing on their sacred ground. This is a huge controversy (even today) between the tourist industry and the Anangu.  We chose not to climb (also, thankfully, it was too windy so the climb was closed - made our decision even easier).  This is a picture of us at the base.

Many visitors have come to Uluru to climb to the top.  Over the years, the Anangu people have begun to ask tourists to stop climbing on their sacred ground. This is a huge controversy (even today) between the tourist industry and the Anangu.  We chose not to climb (also, thankfully, it was too windy so the climb was closed - made our decision even easier).  This is a picture of us at the base.

Kata Tjuta at sunset.  It really is all rocks, sun up to sun down.  We went to a "Sounds of Silence" dinner in the middle of the desert to watch the sun go down.  It was amazing and really beautiful with a full moon above.  What's really even more amazing?  We ended up meeting a lovely couple named Brian and Erica who live in Fell's Point and were on their honeymoon!  What are the odds?  Ah, Smalltimore.  We leave this afternoon for Cairnes and The Great Barrier Reef.  More soon from Down Under. 

Kata Tjuta at sunset.  It really is all rocks, sun up to sun down.  We went to a "Sounds of Silence" dinner in the middle of the desert to watch the sun go down.  It was amazing and really beautiful with a full moon above.  What's really even more amazing?  We ended up meeting a lovely couple named Brian and Erica who live in Fell's Point and were on their honeymoon!  What are the odds?  Ah, Smalltimore.

We leave this afternoon for Cairnes and The Great Barrier Reef.  More soon from Down Under.