Well four weeks into the trip and I think we are finally into the relaxed “not going anywhere fast” mode! Which is lucky cos it’s bloody hot during the day, getting up to 35 but as soon as the sun sets at 5.10pm (so early!) it does cool off quick and is fine for sleeping.
It only took me one and a half days to ditch my watch and it has not come back out since then so I do occasionally wonder what the time is but then I realise that it does not matter!! My phone has become a camera and we’ve seen tv twice. Once in Darwin for the state of origin and once outside Cooinda in Kakadu (the news) but I am presuming we are not missing too much and it’s kinda nice to be in a state of ignorance!!
I haven’t ironed a piece of clothing in 4 weeks which is very nice but what’s nicer is not caring what you look like. We’ve scaled down our bag of clothes and I am loving having very little to choose from. Our socks and anything white is starting to take on a permanent red tinge from the dust and Mr C’s beard is getting thicker and longer. He certainly does look like a bushman now although quite salt and pepperish! I’m fairly certain there will be haircutting/leg waxing priorities when we get to Broome!
There are an amazing amount of people travelling around this area. We’re surprised by the amount of people with kids and we’ve come across the occasional lot going our way but the majority are going east. We’ve met some grey nomads who are going around the country clockwise this time because last time they did the opposite!! Some of them just pack up every year for 6 months and hit the road and come up here and they love it.
I can understand the attraction – the Kimberley is just the most amazing part of Australia.
The colours in the landscapes are awesome and not just mile upon mile of orange/red dirt road, bauxite red. The colours in the sunsets change and are stunning but you’ve got to be quick. The sun has set by 5.15 and it’s dark by 6pm.
The most amazing palette of colours though is in the rocks – it’s indescribable! It truly is stunning and such a trademark of the Kimberley.
I’ve also fallen in love with the boab trees. They are weird and beautiful all in one and have funky shapes and sizes. Expect to see some photos of these babies!!