We’ve been adventuring again! And our latest adventure was a challenge – we travelled across the Simpson Desert. Absolutely fabulous, fascinating, intimidating place.
The scenery was stunning and stark and I came home with a scary number of photographs! One of the things I found particularly fascinating is the fauna… or perhaps I should say the evidence of the fauna. Every morning, I’d get up to see countless little tracks crisscrossing the sand.
They were clearest first thing in the morning because the slight damp of the night held the grains of sand in place.
So many little creatures have found a way to survive in the inhospitable environment. One of their tricks of survival is to hide during the heat of the day and come out in the cooler night to forage.
So here is a selection of the footprints we found…
We travelled in a group which was wise in Outback Australia. Getting into difficulties on your own in the middle of a desert is no laughing matter. The people we were with were very experienced 4-wheel-drivers and between the eight vehicles there were all the necessary items, like ‘sat’ phones, assorted radios, air-jacks, winches, max-trax, snatch straps, first aid equipment.
It was absolutely fantastic but i would have liked to have taken a bit more time to travel across the desert. But that’s the thing with travelling in a group – it’s all a compromise.
So how about you, when you take a break, do you like to do it on your own, with someone, in a group, or all of the above? And if you have any suggestions for the owners of my footprints, I’d love to hear them!