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    Quote Originally Posted by burrocrat View Post
    Uluru: Tourists return stones to 'cursed' Ayers Rock - Telegraph

    there seems to be varying opinions about "souvenirs".

    well, i have great respect for native culture, having lived on reservations, having a navajo foster brother for a while, having married a (part) nez perce gal - boy could she fight - my son carries the blood, having spent time twice at the bottom of the grand canyon with the havasupai, witnessing hopi kachina dances, and other events i won't mention. i am convinced there are mystical things in this world we don't really understand but are not necessarily contradictory to christianity.

    so i have over time in my life collected some 'markers'. not really actual pieces of something sacred, rather something from the vicinity, it is not the origin of the piece but the location, the coordinates which it came from. that uluru is a giant cosmic vortex and i'm building a series of waypoints, to help find the ways in case i get lost in that in-between gauzy world again.

    i am not so worried about the first things mentioned in that article: i am familiar with bad luck - and good, i've know sickness - and health, been through a marriage breakup and child custody that made hell seem like a vacation - although it was heaven sometimes, and been close enough to death more than a few times that i'm pretty sure some of them i was on the other side or at least in the transition zone. so that is why it helps to keep markers, to orient yourself, to find your way back, to call in your guide (guardian angels of a sort).

    so if you find yourself in a location near uluru where it doesn't violate your moral code to acquire a chip of red sandstone, i would sure enjoy having it. we can work out a deal later.

    as to the coffee cup to take tsptalk mugshots... i can get you a used one in three days by monday afternoon if you let me know tomorrow morning... when do you leave? i'll get it to you for free, pm me with address if interested, free will offering.
    Burro,

    Hmmmm....you assume I have a "moral code" ! Well, I do...I'm not comfortable with climbing the rock, like many do, in violation of the "request" by the Native Peoples...

    IF I can pick a sliver of rock, from somewhere around the base area for you, we'll do it...my Brother, the Rock Hound, already has his request in for raw opals and other rocks on our tour to Coober Pedy...if we can put rocks in our bags for HIM, I guess we can do it for you, too !!!

    Too late to get your nasty used TSP Talk mug....we leave Thursday morning ! No worries...glad to help you find your path !!!!

    IF we make it happen, will be in touch when we get back...


    Stoplight...
    "Too old to rock and roll...too young to die"... - I. Anderson

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    Stoplight,

    Did I mention that you need a head net at Uluru? We purchased one each at the Alice Springs airport for $10 AUD apiece. They came in handy.

    Good luck and enjoy Australia and New Zealand.
    May the force be with us.

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    Australia is AWESOME !!! On the 3rd leg now, in Darwin...

    Nasa...no joke about the flies...head net a worthy purchase !!! Thanks for the tip !

    Burro...if it makes it back to the States, got something you'll like, too !

    Stoplight...

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    Nice to here from you Stoplight.

    Glad you're having an Awesome time.

    Drop a line once in awhile if you can.
    May the force be with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nasa1974 View Post
    Nice to here from you Stoplight.

    Glad you're having an Awesome time.

    Drop a line once in awhile if you can.

    Thanks, Nasa ! Just for you.....the Blue Mountains !!!



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    The "Three Sisters" in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney...


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    Love seeing those photos. Apppreciate you sharing them Stoplight. Australia and New Zealand is on our bucket list.
    Enjoy.

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    A few free minutes to post...having a blast !!!

    Uluru at sunrise...


    Stoplight...



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    Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park, Northwest Territory (south of Darwin)....beautiful park !!!


    Stoplight...


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    Stoplight,

    Great pictures.
    May the force be with us.

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    Katherine Gorge, in Nitmiluk National Park...(way !) south of Darwin...

    Funny story : We live, and grew up, in Florida, with hurricanes...so we travel half way around the world to end up in what ??? A cyclone warning in Darwin !!!
    It was a CAT 2, but passed west of us... Geez...


    Stoplight...



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    Thanks for sharing Stop!

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