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After getting up at a leisurely 6am, we cleared out.

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We stopped at Kings Canyon for the last hike of the trip. It another day of beautiful scenery in the desert. Muscular rounded rock formations look like brick domes or beehives.

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And there’s an oasis; a deep, rugged gorge cut by a stream, filled with plant life.

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Cycads, an ancient form of palm tree from the dinosaur days, thrive there — some are a thousand years old, but they look like they could have grown in a year to my eye. The little valley of green is a rarity in the harsh, dry bush.

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You can see layers of stone from the ice age(s) on massive sliced cliff-sides.

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We saw some parrots near our lunch site.

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After stretching our legs, we got back on the bus for several hours. We stopped at the giant echidna roadhouse again, where I saw this emu resting.

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Then we drove several hours to Alice Springs, the end-point of our outback adventure. That night, the group had one last dinner together.