Sunday, May 31, 2009

Gearing up for Darwin and Nature's Way

I'm going to Australia! On Wednesday morning, for a week and a half, with a friend. It's winter in Oz, so we'll be visiting the more tropical Northern Territory. We'll rent a car in the port city of Darwin (what could be more appropriate for a naturalist?), then drive the "Nature's Way" itinerary, which includes several days in Kakadu National Park. Kakadu is the Yosemite Valley of Australia, with gorgeous waterfalls and billabongs, and is home to abundant wallabies and crocodiles. The park is also a center of Aboriginal culture, featuring rock-art galleries that have been preserved for thousands of years.

I watch a lot of Survivor-type shows (currently hooked on Out of the Wild), so I'm excited about the prospect of camping in the Australian bush. My girlfriend and I are both adventurous types, and we've never camped together before. I set up my little tent on my deck just to make sure it had all the pieces (pictured above). I'll also bring a Coleman propane stove, a pot and pan, beans and franks, an air mattress, blankets, lantern, binoculars... am I forgetting anything?

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