Jul 15, 2009
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAMARA
We woke up bright and early (and fairly cold) at 7am.
Alara and Kayla decided that having a fully constructed tent is no way near as cool as a collapsed one, and so when we woke up we saw that their tent had collapsed on them, and Alara was still sleeping comfortably inside!
We quickly got ready and had breakfast. Bacon and fried egg sandwiches for brekky.
We also was able to embarrass Tamara, as it was her birthday today.
We quickly got onto the bus and started our tour of Alice Springs. At 8:30am we arrived at the old telegraph station. Here we listened to them talk about the history of Alice Springs and the construction of the overland telegraph. We also heard stories about the Bradshaw family, the use of Morse code and about the stolen generation.
After having a look around we had a group photo in front of the original Alice Springs. Its a little river leading into a tiny pond. It was named after the man who discovered its wife.
Around 10am we arrived at the Royal Flying Doctors Service. Before entering we passed around the collection tin and all made a donation. We ended up raising $95 but then passed around a new tin afterwards and we have now raised over $120.
We first watched an inspirational Video about what the RFDS does for everyone around Australia and helped premote donations.
Everyone was blown away by the stories told by the people who were helped by the RFDS.
Afterwards a tour guide came and gave us a talk about how the service works and showed us a map of where their station's planes go and how it all worked.
We then had a quick look in the museum and the gift store before hopping back onto the bus.
Next we visited 'The Alice Springs Cultural Precint' It was an amazing place with a variety of museum's displays and gift shops. Some of these included the Araluen Arts center, Central Craft (a store where all the local's sent in their homemade items and crafts to be sold) , Central Australian Aviation Museum and sacred sculptures.
There was even a Beanie exibit. Every year they hold a huge competition about creating original and amazing beanies. They judged on originality, style, appearance and textures. It sounded a little strange (looked even stranger) but was suprisingly good.
We headed back to camp for lunch and afterwards; to our suprise; we packed up camp and moved into the bunkhouse. Each room could sleep 4 people and we even had a TV to watch state of Origin. It was great to sleep INDOORS and on a proper BED.
We were then off again to Alice Springs Desert Park. Here we saw a variety of different animals and three different environments of Central Australia- Woodlands, Sand Country and Desert Rivers.
We also watched a wild bird show. This was incredibly entertaining and we even saw a Buzzard crack open a [Fake] Emu egg with a rock. It displayed all the natural skills, talents and behaviours of all Australia's native birds.
Around 4:15 we made a quick stop back at the shopping center back at Alice springs for a few last-minute supplies. Most people were pretty relieved, as we were able to pick up the few things we forgot the last time we got to go shopping.
We arrived back at camp (now in our awesome bunkhouse) and had a free hour to do whatever we wanted. Almost everyone decided to jump on the giant jumping pillow, a jumping-castle like pillow that is a lot of fun. A few people were relaxing and a few people squeezed in a nice hot shower.
We had a early dinner of soup, chicken and salad. Followed by Cake and Jelly for Tamara's Birthday!
We then settled in for a big night of State of Origin.
(By Kylie B)