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Jul 03 2013

The Saxby Roundup and rodeo

Asleep with his nose in the dirtAfter 4 blogs I still haven’t posted all the action of the Saxby Roundup and Rodeo. So here it is, in pictures.

I kept hearing how much the horses love it, and they were amazing horses, but it made them tired!

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Jul 03 2013

Real cowboys do wear pink, at least at a rodeo

Chaps glittering n the sun while riding a broncChaps.

I don’t mean English gentlemen – I mean those things that cowboys wear over their jeans. You see a lot of them at a rodeo.

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Jul 02 2013

That crash you heard was the breaking of stereotypes in the outback

Big truck .... little dogStereotypes die hard. The CWA and scones; a tough, man’s world; Queensland, an hour (during daylight savings) and 20 years behind. I’m sure you’ve heard them all too.

But the reality is very different, at least at a rodeo.

Just because you need a road train to transport yourselves and your horses to a rodeo doesn’t mean you can’t take a little sausage dog along with you!

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Jul 02 2013

Akubras – more than just a hat

Cowboys & their hatsDo cowboys ever take their hats off?

Friday night, the first night of the rodeo, was a chance for everybody to dress up and socialise. I felt decidedly under-dressed, even though I’d changed my shorts for jeans. We got to the bar amidst a sea of paisley shirts, sparkly belt buckles, perfume and poetry. And that was just the boys.

And they all still had their hats on.

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Jul 02 2013

We’re off to the rodeo, I think

Dressed for the Saxby RoundupThe first thing I noticed about a country rodeo was that everybody tucks their shirts into their jeans, and wears belts. Even teenage boys have their jeans up on their hips rather than around their knees. You can’t see anybody’s underpants.

And everybody does wear jeans, with proper shirts, belts and boots. I looked decidedly out of place in my shorts and singlet, but I really can’t wear jeans and boots in that weather. It was 30 degrees! At least I had my akubra on, you know, the one with the crystal clasp through the crocodile band. On second thoughts, perhaps that didn’t help me fit in either, though it wasn’t the only hat with bling.

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Jun 28 2013

Photogallery – Uluru

There’s been a change of plans and the billabong will have to wait. Instead we’re off to the Saxby Roundup and Rodeo for the weekend.

In the meantime, here are a few photos of Uluru that I’ve been promising. I loved the Rock and could have spent much more time there. I guess I’ll just need another trip!

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Jun 27 2013

Julia Creek – home of the Dirt n Dust … and crays

Bougainvillea on Julia Creek's main streetDoc and I passed through Julia Creek on our way back from the Cape a couple of years ago. We stopped for lunch at the pub, picked up some groceries, had a look through the information centre and continued on our way to Winton. Doc remembers it as the place where I tasted the bore water. Or not the bore water depending on your viewpoint, but that’s another story.

I know it can be dangerous relying on memories of such a quick trip, but I suggested that Julia Creek would be a good place to stop and relax for a few days.

So did it live up to my memories?

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Jun 25 2013

Alice Springs to Mount Isa

Across the Tropic of CapricornMt Isa. What can I say? Broken Hill it aint.

After 15 hours in the mining town in western Queensland I was ready to leave again, and not just because the Wallabies lost to the British & Irish Lions and I was watching at the Irish Club.

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Jun 22 2013

Camping spots I have known 2

DSC_0115 (1024x680) It’s not all bush camping when you’re out on the road.

Caravan parks have services and facilities including showers & toilets, fresh water, camp kitchens, even bars and restaurants. If you’re in a non-service area (there’s an awful lot of them when you’re “out bush”) they’ll even have a public telephone you can use and often wi-fi.

Even national parks can have water, showers and toilets, even barbecues and picnic benches, depending on where you are. In many towns outback there’s an area, such as the local showground or a reserve, where you can camp cheaply with access to water and facilities.

We’ve stayed at some lovely camping spots while we’ve been out.

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Jun 20 2013

West MacDonnell Ranges 2

Here’s the second of the photo galleries of the West Macs. This one is Serpentine Gorge and Ormiston Gorge, my two favourites.

So what do you think? Are the West Macs more beautiful than the East?

West MacDonnell Ranges 1

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