Ayers Rock/Uluru

Ayers Rock/Uluru

In the month of January I flew from Sidney, Australia to Uluru, the resort in the Northern

Territory of Australia that is closest to Ayers Rock, a sacred area to the Australian

aborigines.  The temperature was 112 and the wind was blowing.  It was nearly unbearable.

Instructions were to drink a liter of water every hour.  I tried my best.  The tall mass of rock

rising from the desert floor commands attention and it is obvious why the aborigines deemed it

sacred.  Near the end of the day I rode a camel to site worthy of the view to admire the sunset.

The camel ride was rocking and comfortable.  The camel handler loves his camels and

informed me that nearly a million camels are free ranging in Australia.  The camels were

originally brought from Afghanistan to carry supplies for the building of the railroad across

Australia.  A mature male camel can carry half a ton of cargo.  When the railroad was

completed, the camels were turned loose.  The ranchers shoot them because they can drain a

water trough intended for cattle or sheep.  The following morning I took an eco walking tour

around the base of the rock.  My guide pointed out sacred sites.  No pictures were allowed of the

seven sites.  Yet the tourists are allowed to climb the rock.  It seemed to be a sacrilege to me.

Besides I don’t like heights.