after a long night in tennant creek, we decided to bypass the recently flooded catherine gorge at just drive the 1000km straight through to darwin.
we arrived tired, sweaty (cutting down on the a/c usage in the land cruiser to avoid having to buy too many $200 AUD gas fillups), and ready to rest. we booked a room at a backpackers called Melaleuca On Mitchell who had a few reasonable-sounding sentences describing them in our australia guidebook.
after a sleepless (and noisy) night spent trying to sleep in a tent on top of a land cruiser, and a long day of driving through the outback, there is nothing like checking into a room with large beds, air conditioning, fans, a private bathroom. except when you go upstairs and find out that there isn't just a pool, but a pool bar as well.
so today there are no grand excursions to report, no crazy experiences or canyon jumps, just uploading photos and videos, catching up on blog entries, and lying out in the sun with a cold cooper's pale ale. vacation rules.