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Outback Cloud Lapse Video from Kantu Gorge: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

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Colors in the Kantju Gorge in Uluru- Kata Tjuta National Park at sunset

Almost as soon as I arrived  in the Australian Outback at Longitude 131, it was time to head to Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) to take the Mala Walk around the base of the sacred rock. We hiked around the base and explored a few caves and wound up in Kantju Gorge just in time to watch the sunset, when the color of the rock was most vivid and changed every few minutes.

#shotoniPhone6 Time-Lapse Video from Kantu Gorge, Uluru (aka Ayers Rock) 

The crew from Longitude 131 met us in the gorge with small bites and beverages so we could enjoy a sundowner while watching the colors shift during sunset at Uluru.

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The view from one of the aboriginal caves along the Mala Walk 

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The colors shifted every few minutes

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Looking straight up at Australia’s biggest Rock Star

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What Not to Do at Uluru: don’t walk on the rock

Although many tourists come to Ayers Rock intent on bragging rights about climbing it, it’s really not cool to do so. Uluru is considered sacred by it’s aboriginal owners, the Anangu. There are signs everywhere making it very clear that they would prefer you NOT climb the 1.6 kilometer path up the rock.

The steep climb is also very dangerous and several climbers have died. The Anangu people have been known to attend the funerals of climbers who have died. The narrow path is often closed due to high winds. If you want to see the view from the top, take a scenic helicopter tour instead.

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I asked my husband to be a makeshift tripod when filming a cloud hyperlapse. 

Pro tip: if you’re going to use your husband as your photo assistant and ask him to hold still while you shoot a hyperlapse on his iPhone 6, it’s best to get him a cocktail first.

Longitude 131

Yulara Drive,
Yulara Northern Territory 0872,  Australia
Tel: +61 08 8957 7131
Fax: +61 08 8957 7130

Luxury tent rate is $1,200 AUD per person, per night including all dining, open bar with premium wines and spirits, in-suite bar, signature experiences and return Ayers Rock Airport transfers.

 

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A Stay at Paws Up’s Cliffside Camp

Western chic decor & a ridiculously comfy bed  at Cliffside Camp

When I was recently in Montana covering The Resort at Paws Up for the Glamping.com blog, I got to stay in the resort’s newest camp, Cliffside. Part of what I love about Paws Up is that all the resort is constantly evolving.  They refine service, try out new activities, and all of the camps have their own special charms. I’m not sure I could pick a favorite. But Cliffside has a lot going for it.

Left: Comfy patio furniture at Cliffside Camp Right: I stayed in Castle Crag, named after a Montana mountain peak

Cliffside has a dining pavilion with incredible views of the mountains and Blackfoot River. It’s also the first camp I’ve seen with a tent complete with a huge copper tub (perfect for honeymooners or a romantic weekend away). The patio furniture at Cliffside was also especially comfortable. 

A River Runs Through It: Looking down the Blackfoot River at Paws Up Cliffside Camp

Mike, the camp butler, made sure everything worked well at the camp, and all our activities and transportation was arranged.  Don’t let the term “butler” put you off. The Camp Butler is way more like a concierge than a camp counselor. Mike had everything ready for making s’mores at night and was a big fan of using Reese’s Peanut Butter cups in lieu of plain old chocolate. He also taught me his preferred method of toasting marshmallows.

Tent with a tub at Cliffside Camp

The bed at was crazy comfortable, and topped with a heated blanket with dual zone control, should you be snuggling with someone who prefers a different temperature on a cool Montana morning. I really did not want to get out of that bed! But it’s nice to know that a hot shower awaits in the toasty warm bathroom.

Pine trees through the tent flap at Cliffside

Copper side-by-side sinks in the bathrooms at Cliffside Camp

The firepit at Cliffside Camp is where the smore’s action goes down at night

Cliffside has such a great dining pavilion that it’s a really lovely place to eat. Tom, the camp chef, taught me that pancakes made over an open flame simply taste better (and the Madagascar vanilla doesn’t hurt either). He made omelets to order for guests at breakfast, too. No one had an issue handling my food allergies, either.

Camp Chef Tom, taught me that pancakes taste better when cooked over an open flame

A variety of snacks & drinks were available during the day at the camp pavilion, which is nice. There is also a great communal living room and games should you be looking for entertainment.

Chef Tom cooks an open air omelet at Cliffside camp

Looking up the Blackfoot River the deck of the dining pavilion at Cliffside Camp

The Blackfoot River was used as a location in the Robert Redford/Brad Pitt film  A River Runs Through It. It doesn’t hurt to have that river running through your camp, either. It’s mighty pretty (and great for fly fishing).

Dusk along the Blackfoot River at Cliffside Camp

During my stay at Cliffside, all the summer tents were being swapped out for insulated versions to keep campers happy during the fall months. Paw Up Cliffside Camp is open for glamping through October. You can read more about my stay at Cliffside on the Glamping.com blog.

This post would not be possible without Glamping.com & The Resort at Paws Up, who sponsored my stay at Cliffside Camp.

 

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