to Yarla Kutjarra

Saturday, 15th June 2013
I opened the caravan door at sunrise to take this photo.

It was 4 degrees outside – I quickly retreated back into the relative warmth of the caravan.
We left our camping spot around 9 a.m. heading further west.
Our first stop was for a geocache ‘Giles Lookout’ – a rocky hill near the Giles River which may well have been used as lookout by the explorer Ernest Giles. The rocks are rugged and the colours of the rocks are deep.

The view from the top towards the mountain ranges is spectacular. In the foreground you can see our 3 caravans on the side of the road. Note how the road is the same colour as the surrounding area, just a bit smoother.

The sky has changed, no longer the deep blue sky that we have seen over the last few weeks. This looks like rain will be falling soon.

On the way down I passed this skeleton. It looked too big for a kangaroo, perhaps a camel?

We refuelled at Warakurna Roadhouse. Once again the bowsers are behind locked cages. But the feel of the area is quite different. Everything is clean and well cared for.

We are allowed to fill our water tanks with good water. Of course we all took advantage of the available water. This is a time consuming exercise as one van after another fills up with water. This gave us an opportunity to talk to one of the employees of the roadhouse. He was travelling the same route we are travelling on and found work at the roadhouse some months ago.

Nearby is the Giles Weather Station. This is one of the most remote of 37 field stations around Australia, observing local conditions and integrating into the Meteorological Weather System which does weather analysis and forecasts which can be accessed through http://www.bom.gov.au

There is a geocache located here as well. I tried to find ‘Met weather Magic’ – however I couldn’t find it. Eventually I realised that it was classified as abandoned. There is a new cache ‘Met weather magic 2’ which I found easily once I realised my mistake.

There are a few exhibits at the weather station. One of them is this shoe. Somebody mentioned the movie ‘Priscilla of the Desert’ – the shape certainly is right, but from memory it was not decorated at all.
(Lesley’s photo)

Soon we arrived at Yarla Kutjarra Rest Area [CAW6 WA #708] where we set up camp for the night.
(Lesley’s photo)

There is another geocache nearby ‘Breakaway Pinnacle’. I went for a search but couldn’t locate the cache. So many spots to hide a cache in an area like this.

Once again great views from the spot where the cache is meant to be.

Across the road there are many caves in this breakaway.

On the way down I found this colourful grasshopper posing in the sun. Just a step closer and it jumped to escape the intruder.

I went to look for firewood and came across this strange construction.

It is quite a size as you can see from the shoe in comparison.

On a further walk with all of our group, we found more intriguing constructions. These definitely are constructed by ants.
(Lesley’s photo)

Marvellous that they are able to construct these perfectly round entrances to their nests.

Beautiful flowers on this shrub.

We went back to the outcrop area where the geocache is meant to be.
(Lesley’s photo)

I saw a pile of rocks that seemed out of place, not far from the coordinates given for the geocache.
(Lesley’s photo)

We found a cache hidden behind the rocks. However this was not the original cache, it was a substitution placed there by somebody who could not find the original cache. We gave up on this particular cache and returned to our campsite.

I love the vegetation around here and the hills that surround the area.

A strange succulent.
(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

An old tractor at the rest area. Drop toilet in the background.
(Lesley’s photo)

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