Speaking of climate change, my son pointed out a new search engine. ecosia.org (none of my family are in any way affiliated or benefit).. The apparently plant trees with their profits.. Although they have surpassed 43m trees planted (I am not sure I believe that as it went up by about 100 by the time I finished that bit), they seem to at least be putting back into the environment. Mind you, they will run out of room soon if they keep going.. Though, I suppose trees only last so long in the Simpson Desert.
I only ever did one job in the Simpson, I'd guess about 2009 or 10 from memory. It was a good season after a lot of rain and it was covered in a carpet of grasses apart from the spinifex, but I don't recall seeing trees, and very few shrubs.
Bruce, we were only in a small part of the Simpson, on the Western side about half way up. It was very sandy country with no real clay pan type dune corridors. Just sand dunes with more sand in between. I don't recall seeing any oaks there. All the dune tops were active blown sand which doesn't breed a lot of trees.
But I do remember a couple of aeroplane trips across the Simpson in the 80's and recall seeing a few trees down below. One trip was in a Cherokee 6 transiting from Windorah to Ringwood Station (destination was supposed to be Alice Springs, but that's another story about how not to fly across the Simpson), and the other from Hall's Creek, WA to somewhere in the Moomba area in SA, in a 206 Cessna. That took us on a diagonal route from the NW to the SE of the Simpson. I remember in the northern section seeing some of the old French exploration lines from the early 60's still visible. That flight in the 206 was one of those memorable flights that you remember all your life.
In most of the flights through country like that, we were loaded to the max with full pax + gear and whatever machinery parts we could squeeze on board.
Long slow heavy uncomfortable flights. But that day in the 206 over the Simpson, it was April with the weather cooling down a bit, postcard blue skies where you can see from horizon to horizon, and not a hint of wind or turbulence. I doubt you could ever get better flying conditions, one of those days where you look around and feel you are on top of the world. Plus there was only the pilot and myself plus our bags and swags, so the Cessna was light and responsive. It was the first time I had ever flown in an aircraft that wasn't loaded to almost breaking point.
In those conditions that country is picture perfect. It's hard to reconcile it with sandstorms in January blasting 30 knot sand in your face with the mercury edging towards 60 degrees C. I guess when it's good, it's beautiful, and when it's bad it's rather unpleasant.
Edit: The way I look at it, if thread drift involves aviation it should have special status and be considered virtual non thread drift. Or overlooked so to speak.
space that tree was still there2003 /4
when we started on that track going from the western side and got near that turn the gps that I was using failed at the turn the other driver said which way I replied theres at tree up the road if you don't pass it your gone the wrong way and you will wind up in a salt pan he laughed did a lttle bit of work out there neill
Storchy, I always have a backup GPS, as I no longer carry a Sextant.
That blasted salt-pan is a bit bogey, some like to do their donuts on it.
Just to let the sky drivers see, we are down here.
I see they'r advertising the Birdsville Bash for 2019 already, & the Mudgee Balloons Aloft.
Have two grand daughters booked for Mudgee flights already.
They advertise those beaut utes as "unbreakable" . And charge an extra ten grand for the reputation that their tough old 4WD Billy carts earned.
Pity that they don't really make them so tough anymore. And they sure bend in the middle pretty easily.
The GP's of the war era, that I had seen, were all small engine'd, most two wheel drive only and couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding.
But that was in England, so maybe we didn't get the biggies or 4X4, or even ones with good axles & gearbox's. CRASH gears Don't miss that change going down hill.
They say he Landie was bad, But I only drove (unlicensed & underage) for fun. loved the powered trailers on the landrover, just needed a bigger, Stronger tube for the power takeoff.
The jeeps that we got in Aus, were low powered primitive lightweight 4wd vehicles that were equipped with carry handles on the corners to allow manual unbogging -just lift and carry to high ground. Designed to be cheap and disposable.
A Willy's side valve four cylinder motor as well.. Built under licence by Ford sometimes. I found them dreadful on a rough road. Too short a wheel base. Lot's of unsprung weight. I worked on them as amphibious DUCK's . Slightest sea and they sank. The bigger GMC 6x6 based one was responsible for numerous drownings of Army personnel even post war. Nev