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Issue #014, April 12, 2014— K is for camping in Kakadu
April 14, 2014
Dear VIP (Very Important Adventuress)

K is for camping in Kakadu

Camping in Kakadu is more sophisticated than you might think.

At the top end of the Northern Territory, Australia—200 kilometers east of Darwin—is Australia’s largest National Park, Kakadu. More than one-third of Australia’s bird species plus ferocious crocodiles, kangaroos, wallabies, fish and dangerous snakes live here.

This is another one of those places the then-husband saw on the National Geographic channel and decided we needed to see.

The real camping story

Luckily AAT King’s Adventure Tours made camping out in Kakadu National Park a relatively comfortable experience.

We traveled in a self-contained, Mercedes-Benz military-type RV, custom-designed for this kind of adventure. One third of the back end stored tents, tools, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, luggage, food and water. One side of the vehicle flipped down to become a cooking area for meal preparations.

Our guide, Steve, told us they’d named it, “Huey.”

You could tell we were married because every evening we were the last to have our tent pitched, while we “discussed” which peg went where, which tool did what, and the proper way to erect the tent.

I was grateful that the tents had sealed floors, because Australia is known for having lots of deadly spiders and snakes.

Every day was a new adventure in this vast (20,000 square kilometers) National Park—also called Arnem Land—full of rivers, plains, wetlands and escarpments abundant with ancient Aborigine petroglyphs and wildlife.

To read the rest of the story and see photos of this stunning adventure, CLICK HERE

Tomorrow’s AtoZ Challenge: For the letter L, I want to share with you some visuals of what Las Vegas was like when I arrived there in 1973.

—Carolyn V. Hamilton, Editor and Chief Adventuress

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