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Lemonade in the Outback

Monday, June 1, 2009


Turning lemons into lemonade…an expression I have heard a number of times on our trip. We've encountered several instances where we’ve had to make a few modifications to our daily itinerary or purchase necessary supplies. Saturday was an instance when most people would have thrown in the towel, but our travel manager Amanda did an amazing job of saving the day.

On average, the Outback around Alice Springs averages 10 rainy days a year and we managed to visit on one of those days! Our motor coach wasn’t going to make it down the roads due to the rainfall, so they arranged for a four-wheel drive coach to come and take us to the Ooamainni Camp.

We had the good fortune of taking the “back” roads which provided us with an amazing adventure.

Seeing the Outback from this perspective was a real treat. The contrast between the deep, red soil and the green of the vegetation was beautiful. We had a great time slip-sliding our way to the station/camp.

Had we actually encountered the “typical” weather of the Outback, we wouldn’t have had this unique opportunity to venture through the back roads that most people never see.

3 comments:

Susan said...

Life seldom goes as planned. Learning to make the most of the opportunities that do come along is the important thing. Perhaps there are a number of different lessons being learned on this trip.
I did not know there was such a thing as a 4 wheel drive coach. Sounds like Amanada is very resourceful.
Back roads are sometimes the best.

Kate said...

Sounds so cool! I've never been camping, but it sounds like a blast! Even though you got rained in, plan b turned out to be good too! I wish I could go to Australia!

-Kate(from Mr. Gaeta's class)

Anonymous said...

So cool! I've never been camping, but it sounds like a total blast! Plan b turned out to be good too!

-Kate(in Mr. Gaeta's class)

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