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Ayers Rock: Mega monolith rises from Australian desert


Photos Courtesy of Voyages
Ayers Rock Resort, above, offers four hotels with a range of accommodations near Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Activities include performances by indigenous Wakagetti dancers, below.

Australia’s Ayers Rock, or Uluru, as the indigenous people call it, rises 1,200 feet above the desert floor, one of the world’s largest monoliths. The nearly 6-mile walk around the rim provides ecotourists glimpses of sacred water springs, rock cave art and a plethora of flora and fauna not seen in these parts.

It’s such an amazing Northern Territory landmark that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate and William, visited Uluru last month to meet with students at the National Indigenous Training Academy. Body-painted Wakagetti dancers greeted the young couple.

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Tahoe Tidbits: Chasing waterfalls in spring


From Flickr.com
Spring is the season to catch the waterfalls in South Lake Tahoe. Viewing Upper Eagle Falls requires a moderate, half-mile round-trip hike.

Spring is waterfall season in South Lake Tahoe, and several hikes will usher you to gushing water.

• Visit Cascade Falls, which, according to the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, is a good, short hike. From the Bayview Campground, you can walk to a great view of Cascade Lake and the 200-foot waterfall. It’s a moderate, 1.5-mile hike round-trip. To reach Bayview Campground, take Highway 89 north from the Highway 50 intersection in South Lake Tahoe and drive approximately 7 miles.

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