|White flowers, with mt Sonder in the distance.|
|The SuperAussie leaps right in whilst I deliberate.|
|I'm fairly sure there aren't any crocs, but it's nice to have a trek pole just in case.|
|The boys, of course, were keen for a swim, and lucky for me, a wash.|
|Don't worry mom, it was actually probably too cold for snakes.|
This was the first night D and I brought out our secret group-hike treat: a tiny book game of Trivial Pursuit. We'd found it at the op shop in Alice Springs, and you have to scratch off the answers like a lottery ticket to see the correct answer, so all we needed to play was the book, and maybe a pen and paper to keep score. The six of us divided into three teams of two, and with the ample amount of whiskey and frangelico the Englishman and the GrownUpFriend had wisely and generously supplied, the game was a great success until the cold drove us all to bed.
Hiking tip: a nip of something strong before bed was magnificent to warm, distract from aches, and tip us toward sleep at the early hours of 7pm or 8pm.
Lucky for us, the Englishman captured the glorious long-shutter-time photos below. Most of the light in those pictures came from the SUPERBRIGHT moon that lit up the start of our hike. Seriously, it was better than a street lamp both before and after the actual full moon.
|Yes, those are stars visible in the sky AND a shadow on the ground.|
|Headlamps behaving like sparklers.|