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Feb 29th, 2008
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One of the best drives we have had was during the early morning of the 29th of Feb, when we drove from Kings Canyon to Ayers Rock to catch our plane on time, which was set to depart at 10:00 AM. So we woke up at about 5:00 AM and set out to drive at 5:30.



After about an hour we were greeted by a sunset in the desert with nearly perfect clear skies, and the sun gave way for us to see some great things on the way.



As we all know, all life in desert comes to life during dawn and dusk, and this was possibly the best time to see it. One of the best encounters was a kangaroo, who was sitting just on the roadside. He saw us coming, oh yes, but was really curious as to what this great metal monster was, so waited quite a while before hopping into the horizon. We also saw some wild horses, one we just caught on camera, as can be seen pictured below. Its very difficult to catch any of these animals on camera as they are quite shy, and run away almost immediately they see the car and we see them.



We didn't see any wild camels, though there are plenty of them here, about 700,000 in total. This is also the only place in the world where dromedaries still live in the wild. Apparently, afghans used to run camel caravans through the Australian desert to deliver supplies to telegraph stations and help build the railroad. Once the railroad was built, they released them and told them to go forth and multiply. And that they did.

The last attraction we saw was the road train. Australian road trains are the largest freight vehicles in the world. Legally, they are allowed to have 3 carriages, but since the first one often counts as part of the car itself, some in reality have 4, like the one pictured below.

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