I actually remarked to Josh that it looked smaller than I had expected. Boy, was I wrong. It is hard to tell its size because you don’t realize how far away you are, but trust me, up close it is huge!
Our first stop, after setting up our tent in the campground, was the visitor’s center, which had a great display showing Aboriginal culture and beliefs about Uluru. It was very interesting and well put together, but you weren’t allowed to take pictures of it. Next stop was the sunset viewing area. Watching the rays hit Uluru as the sun goes down is one of the most popular activities in the park. As Josh pointed out, never before have you seen so many people gathered to look in the opposite direction of the sunset! It truly does start to glow as the sun goes down.
The other thing that surprised me was that it was surprisingly lush, with cool waterholes and shady trees near the base.
There were also amazing caves, some of which contained Aboriginal drawings. Some of them were hard to see, and they are hard for anthropologists to date, because they used the same space for drawings and just painted over the old ones.
It is hard to really take in the significance of the places we were standing, places where families have lived for generation upon generation. I feel very lucky to have gotten to go there, truly a place I never thought I’d see! (And if you think there were lots of pictures today, I’ve still got more to come!)