Since Stephen and I were in Alice a day before Josie, Ana and Jason it was our job to do the shopping for the trip based off a very vague “shopping list”, but not before a little exploring of our own….
We headed to the East MacDonnell Ranges in search of waterholes, gorges and walking tracks. First stop The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Parks, two small gaps in the ranges. Emily Gap (14 km from Alice Springs) has some Aboriginal rock paintings and is a registered sacred site. Jessie Gap (at 21 km) has good picnic facilities.
Together these places form a ‘Dreaming Trail’. Emily and Jessie Gaps are associated with the caterpillar trail. Emily Gap is the most significant, as this is where the caterpillar beings of Mparntwe (Alice Springs) originated. These caterpillars formed Emily Gap and many of the topographic features around Alice Springs, then radiated out to the edge of the Simpson Desert.
Next stop was Corroboree Rock, cultural information about the site is tightly restricted to senior male Traditional Owners and is an Eastern Arrernte men’s sacred site. To Traditional Owners Corroboree Rock poses spiritual danger to Aboriginal women, children and uninitiated men.
As the daylight began to fade, it was off to find a suitable spot along the range for sunset. Note the street photographer still managed to find a street (of sorts)….
Tomorrow we would be joined by Ana, Josie and Jason…..