Last week The Hubs was invited to be with a group of geology students, being a licensed drone pilot, and I was privileged to be able to go along. We opted to fly to Alice Springs, picked up a four-wheel-drive and headed 78km east to Ross River, the campsite where the group were. That evening we learned that their bus ride from Adelaide to Ross River was approximately 20 hours. I was glad to have flown.
The group’s itinerary was packed. (We joined them on ‘Day 2’.)
It was our first time setting up camp — a pop-up camp, no less — and I dare say a stretcher bed was a treat. It was remarkably cold in the dusky hours with the relentless winds. And it happened to be dingo season, too. (Dingos do not bark, but howl.)
Facilities at Ross River campsite were aplenty, with a communal hall to dine and meet in and large toilet facility. Females were few and it was super to not have to wait in line at any given time!
We stationed ourselves next to a painted bus we nicknamed ‘The Hippy Van.’
The back of the car became our drying rack and the boot packed with more equipment than essentials.
Morning of our Day 2 was relatively light, at Trephina Gorge, where The Hubs managed to assist in taking aerial footage. I discovered that geologists are not only passionate about rocks and theories about formations, but also need to have an artistic streak to sketch.