Sun sets over Elliott, NT.
The moon welcomes it.On the next day, I cross the Queensland border, getting closer and closer to my destination — pretty much like my audiobook's characters. In addition to oppressing heat, I'm also battling three cold sores that popped up on my face: must be the Darwin's temperature contrasts. Near Cloncurry, there's a private property that lets campers in for a small fee: the place is nice and has showers (you can imagine how welcome they are by now), but there's quite a few ants all over the place. Not a great spot for dining out!
The outback Queensland.
So dry.No such luck, though. As I arrive there the next morning, everyone's closed: understandably so, given that this is a New Year's Eve. Oh well. I drive a bit further south and make my home for the next week at some spot called Boynedale Bush Camp: it's a nice glade near the lake, not too far away from Gladstone, where you can stay up to 7 days. The place looks quite scenic, and there's plenty of space for about a dozen other campers scattered around. I make friends with a neighbour called Grace and give her one of my 2020 calendars as a New Year's present, because why not.
Love the reflections.
(Almost) perfect symmetry.
Stick trees are the best.
More reflective beauty!
More stick trees!I stay there till Sunday, and enjoy the place quite a bit. It gives me something to photograph almost every morning; the weather's nice; the neighbouring campers aren't too annoying. However, my electrics begin to act up again: first, my 12V laptop charger dies at last (thankfully, I have spares), and after that my secondary battery begins to run out of juice once again. After some brainstorming, I come up with an idea: hook one of the solar panels to my primary battery and run my laptop from it, and the second solar panel would be hooked to my secondary battery, which would run the fridge and everything else. The setup works a treat, and after that, electrics don't bother me at all. Except for the piezo element in the cooker that also chooses to die this week, but at least I have a lighter and plenty of matches to fire it up.
Beautiful reflections are everywhere in this country!
Everybody's out and about in the morning.
A good horse always knows what it wants.Well, the next time I'm out and about, it's going to be with much more comfort, because I'll finally be in a camper trailer – whenever that comes about. Until then, I'm done with camping life, and see you guys whenever I'm back on the road!