Monday, June 1, 2009

Painting At Uluru

We packed down the tents taking advantage of the sunshine, and moved to one of the cabins, so Jann and Ian could take off the next day without having to deal with breakdown of wet camping gear. After lunch at the cabin we took off to spend the afternoon at the visitor's center at Uluru – it was so beautifully done, very inconspicuous and informative. Ian and I had brought our painting gear, so we set up under one of the shelters, while Jann went about exploring some of the trails around Uluru. We spend a couple of blissful hours lost in painting, Ian with acrylics and I with my watercolors. It felt good to finally get the paint brushes out, and I did a couple of small watercolor sketches, while Ian finished a beautiful painting of the Uluru with a serpent going into the rock, inspired by the aboriginal Dreamtime stories about Uluru.

We met Jann at the Visitor's center, and she took us on a small walk she had done to a waterhole right by the rock, before we drove to the sunset viewing area and enjoyed the sunset up close – again the colors were spectacular as the sun's last rays practically set Uluru afire with color!

It was going to be our last evening together, since Jann and Ian were going to continue towards Melbourne, and I had decided to stay on at Uluru instead of returning to Alice Springs, so Ian invited us to dinner at one of the posh restaurant at the Uluru Resort Village, and we had a lovely evening reminiscing about the wonderful trip we had shared. It was hard to believe we had been together for 10 days, they just flew by! It is a road trip with good friends I will always treasure!

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