4 July, Thursday
04.07.2013 - 04.07.2013 25 °C
Wow our first free camp with the grey nomads. We feel much safer at paid sites in town and only did this as Tennant Creek looked way too scary to stop at so we took our chances and drove an extra 100 ks to a free camp site mentioned in our big Camp 7 book. This campsite was right at the Marbles. We didn’t know what to expect as none of us had ever been to Devil’s Marbles before. We got there right on sunset so thank goodness we could just squeeze our van into one of the last spaces. So many grey nomads out here. They have been doing this for decades and have kept it all very quiet. The secret is out now and we would be really happy to free camp amongst them again. Swifty has gas for the fridge and stove and we have a few great battery operated lanterns so being on an unpowered site in a national park or free camping has proved to be no hardship.
Well what can I say about the Devil’s Marbles that will do it justice? Arriving right at sunset was not intentional but it was certainly magical. The sunset was magnificent and apart from us campers confined to a small square the whole area is just red earth and red round rocks scattered as far as the eye can see. They were all shapes and sizes either laying perfectly round on their own or perched up on top of one another. We raced around like excited children posing on big rocks and doing our usual silly photo shoot. In the evening I cooked the girls steak with mushroom and garlic sauce whilst Sherrie did her pasta coleslaw surprise. Gourmet food and once again with a bottle of wine. We know how to look after ourselves. In the morning we got up at 6 just in time for sunrise. We climbed up through a cluster of big marbles and reached a high spot to enjoy the sun coming up. The sun rising lit up all the different earthy tones in the rocks. Lots of ooohs and ahhhs and lots of laughs with our silly interview style camera video’s and silly photo shoots again. Between the four of us OMG sooooo many photo’s. There was a dingo resting by our campsite too so that was pretty special. Anyway you just can’t take a bad photo here so we have 1000’s of them. Really hard job going through them all to select only a few for our blog. I’d post them all if I could.
Sadly we only had one night at Devil’s Marbles due to time restraints. We loved it here and after cooking the girls French toast we high tailed it out of there and headed up to Mataranka. Our last big distance drive. All the rest of the drives going forward are short and manageable. We have done some serious miles over the last 10 weeks. We have clocked well over the 10,000 k mark. The KIA is going so well. Swifty has had her problems due to poor workmanship on Jayco’s part but overall she is doing ok but we will pop her into Jayco at Darwin for her 4th visit for warranty repairs since leaving in April. I count my blessings though as I listen to other peoples stories of flat tyres, cracked windscreens etc etc. We have a smallish stone chip in our windscreen and have had no flat tyres at all despite the great distances and rough roads. We love KIA and Swifty and thank them often.