Another early start as we had breakfast, dismantled our swags and left camp at 5am just before sunrise. We made our way to Kings Canyon for another hike, known as the rim walk. We arrived at the base as the sun was rising and we started up the first lot of 500 or so steps to the top. Sounds easy? An almost verticle climb up 500 “steps” which could only be described as flat-ish parts of rock carved out of the canyon surface. All the while we’re having to to our best to keep pace so we would be finished before the sun was at peak and it would be too hot to continue.
By the time we reached the top the sun was up and the early morning chill had been replaced with a weak warm breeze that gave us little relief. Once at the top however, the hike became more of a walk.
The canyon had been carved out of thousands of years of weather erosion and the top was mostly flat with a few inclines and declines to conquer. Nothing we couldn’t handle after those steps we climbed. The views were amazing. You could see the land stretch out to the horizon in every direction.
About half way through the walk we descended further into the canyon to visit The Garden of Eden.it was beautiful. There was a waterhole in the middle which allowed plants and trees to survive. As with most outback teachings, water is the source of all life.
By the time ed finished the rim walk we made or decent and headed back to the bus. It was time for our outback adventure to come to an end so we headed back to where it all began, Alice Springs.
As it was our last night together before er all split to go on to different parts of Australia, we had a final dinner together before calling it a night.