Central Outback: hottest place on Earth, by SunBôw
Today, it’s 45 degrees out there, even too hot for the panting camels and roos. We’re in Pitjanjatjara territory, only a few hours drive to Uluru, one last stretch, but we can only drive a few hours a day in this summer heat, as the car overheats and the kid was sick with heat stroke last night. This mission is more challenging than expected, but the spirits of this land are helping us. Here are the highlights of the last couple days.
We have met some Originals and their ancestor spirits and ancient sacred sites. At a random stop, out in the middle of nowhere, Raven and I felt spirits and observed a dust devil or whirlwind form in front of us and start coming our way. I lifted my hand to greet it and it stopped for a second, before flying right through us, blowing off my hat. It ended its course a few meters away past us, where I found a stone circle and a Rainbow Serpent drawn on the ground. We did a little ceremony and offerings there to honor the spirits.
In the last couple days, we buried along the roadside four wedge-tail eagles, the biggest prey birds of Australia, who gave us feathers and medicines. We passed a few more but could not bury them all, nor the few hundreds of kangaroos lying in the desert, or the drying up dead cows, horses, sheep or camels on the roadside. We saw way more dead animals in the outback than living ones, but some small oasis host beautiful wildlife.
But most of the outback looks pretty barren, with rocky or sandy soils, and some grassy and scrubby parts, where even a bearded dragon lizard was seeking shade under the car. We have to stay alert also for deadly snakes and spiders roaming around the desert.
There is a kangaroo sanctuary where we are staying tonight, hosting roos recovering from burns from the fires. Glad to see them alive, but the poor creatures look so sad and pitiful, suffering from their burns in this excessive heat, it’s absolutely heartbreaking.
There was no major fires in the deep outback, as there is no real bush out there and hardly anything to burn in most places. On the other hand, the outback is considered as the hottest place on Earth, as the solar fire keeps cooking it almost non-stop during daylight hours. Easy to understand why so few people can live out here in the outback.
Thanks to our donors for your support, as we have already blown up our budget. We expected to camp out most of the time, but in this kind of heat with 33 degrees last night, and the ground still burning the feet after dark, it would be almost suicidal to camp in tents, so we need to take the rare accommodations we can find along the route, which are overpriced and most often of very poor quality with limited services.
The outback is no vacation. It’s a once in a lifetime experience, which once you have done it, can gladly remove from your check list. Our mission continues and we invite everyone to join us in prayers and ceremonies in the next four days, for the awakening of the Rainbow Serpent, to bring rains and healing in Australia and on Mother Earth.
Today we heard from someone just returning from Uluru that water has returned there to the sacred water hole where the Rainbow Serpent fought the Brown Snake, after years of being dry. This is a good sign that the ceremonies work and should be completed.
Many thanks and best blessings to all our relations, and to our readers and supporters…