Friday, September 26, 2008

Alice Springs Australia

Pine Mountain

Hello again from Pine Mountain. This week we bought a new piece of equipment called a chipper. It is a 1999 John Deere model 4045 ,115 horsepower, diesel chipper. It will chop wood up to 18 inches in diameter. Now that we have a gas fireplace and with all the new no smoke laws we had to find a different way to sell all the firewood that we have. I found several feed stores and lawn and garden store that need wood mulch so that is our new project, turning firewood into mulch. The new chipper makes the mulching part easy, it is putting the chips in bags and sealing them that is the hard part. This week a friend of mine moved to that big land down under to work at the Australian, US satellite tracking station at Pine Gap. Pine Gap is just outside of Alice Springs in the center of Australia. My friend told me about some of the strange events in the town and I added a few facts. First we have our usual sections of Alternative energy, Easy Cash, Nutrition, Traveling, and Adventure.

Alternative Energy

First for those of you that have just joined us, here at the ranch, power is supplied by 2 wind turbines and a water turbine. We also have a few solar panels that charge up a battery bank. Our horizontal turbine looks like a small wingless airplane on top of it’s 80 foot tower. We purchased that one from Our vertical turbine we purchased from, it spins away on a 30 foot or 10 meter pole out by the barn. Our water turbine in the dam of our pond came from an Alaskan alternative energy company The wind has been normal for this time of year. Every day there is an almost constant 7 or 8 mph wind. In the late afternoon and early evening the wind picks up to about 10 to 15 mph.

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The price of fuel keeps going up in price. Gasoline is now over $3.75 a gallon. Everyone is looking for anything that will increase fuel economy even a little. Most Alternative energy fuels are still years away but there is a way to improve your mileage, increase your horsepower, and reduce your emissions all at the same time. You will be able to turn your vehicle into a fuel efficient one with only a few readily available items from your local hardware. The instructions are easy to follow and there are many diagrams so you can see how to do it too. It does not matter if you have a gasoline or diesel engine vehicle it will work with either one. Go to to learn more while supplies last.

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Easy Cash

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Nutrition and Health

These days everyone is concerned about nutrition and health. Most of our food is over processed and has very little nutrient value. Our food looks great but not much more. If we want to stay healthy in today’s world we are forced to take supplements. The question is: What supplements will provide what you need for the least amount of time and money? I believe one of the best supplements out there is called acaiplus. It is a blend of vitamins and minerals plus acai to promote health and long life. They also have vitamins to help improve your long term and short term memory. They also have an energy drink that gives you steady long term energy. To learn more about these products go to Check out Acaiplus, Feed My Brain, and White Lightning.

Travel for Less

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Adventure and Treasure Hunting

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And now our feature story.

Alice Springs

Pleasant Valley

Alice Springs is known as the capital of the outback. It is in the middle of that big country down under called Australia. Since it is in the land down under or the southern hemisphere the seasons are just the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere. Winter begins in June and Summer begins in January


The native aboriginal people called the Arrernte came to Alice Springs over 50,000 years ago. That makes it one of the oldest civilizations on the planet. The natives call the place Mparntwe.

Modern history starts with world war II. During the war it was a staging area for supplies called the ninth staging camp because it was about halfway between Darwin and Adelaide. The Army also built the 109th general hospital and the air force built the seven mile Aerodome.

Today the town is home to around 26,500 people. The center of town is called Todd Mall. It has many aboriginal Art galleries. There are also several historic buildings like the Overland Telegraph station, Adelaide House and the Hartley Street school.


The climate is a desert one. About 11 inches (279 mm) of rain fall each year. The hottest daytime temperatures are in January with an average of 97.5 F (36.4 C). The coldest average temperatures are in at July at 39.2 F ( 4 C) The coldest recorded temperature was 18.5 F ( -7.5 C) on 7/17/1976. The highest recorded temperature was 113.4 F (45.2 C) on 1/3/1960.


Many parks are around the Alice Springs area. The Alice Springs Desert park shows the variety of plant and animal life that lives in the desert.

The Olive Pink Botanical park is dedicated to the anthropologist and naturalist Olive Pink who live and worked in Alice Springs for over 30 years.

The Simpson desert to the southeast of town has over 1100 shifting red sand dunes and a large freestanding rock over 50 meters high called Chambers Pillar. The dunes are a favorite with the four wheeling crowd. There are daily and several day expeditions.

The Macdonald Mountain range has the 223 kilometer Larpinta trail. It also has many swimming holes and place to relax and cool off.

Elery waterhole Macdonald range

That national landmark Ayers Rock is also a favorite daily expedition.

Population and Employment

The population of Alice Springs is made up of aborigines, other Australians, and about 2000 Americans. The biggest employer in the area is the Satellite tracking center in Pine Gap, 19 kilometer to the southwest. This is a joint Australian, American operation and over 700 Americans work there. The area also has ranching and mining operations as well as many gift and souvenir shops for the many people that pass through town. There are many fine restaurants and hotels in Alice Springs.

Schools and Transportation

Alice Springs has 19 public and private schools as well as the Alice Springs campus of Darwin University.

The Famous train, The Ghan stops in Alice Springs twice a day and the Alice Springs airport has many daily flights to all the major cities in Australia.


There are many strange and hilarious festivals in Alice Springs every year.

The Camel Cup Race features a wild camel ride into the desert with the riders hanging on for dear life on back of a galloping camel.

The Henley and Todd Regatta held in September is the only boat race in the world to be held in a dry river bed. In fact he Regatta was cancelled in 1993 because there was water in the river. The final race is with 4 wheel drive boats and the participants throw buckets and bags of flour at each other.

There is also the Finke desert race and the Beanie Festival. This last year there was also a Wild Cat Stew festival.

Communications and Film

There are 4 television stations and 3 radio stations as well as 2 newspapers in Alice Springs. Many films have been made in Alice Springs including, “Walkabout”, “Quigley Down Under”, and “Kangeroo Jack”. One hilarious TV series called bush mechanics was also filmed there. One episode featured a group of musicians that had overloaded the roof of their old car. When the roof caved in they took an axe to it, tied it behind the car loaded their equipment on it and towed it behind them like a trailer in the loose sand.

Alice Springs is an interesting place to visit. If you ever travel to that land down under, Alice Springs should be one of your destinations.

Pine Mountain Evening

It is evening and I am relaxing in my easy chair in front of the fireplace. A cheery gas fire takes the chill off the mountain evening. Squeekers my African Grey parrot is sitting on his perch munching peanuts. I am relaxing with my coffee from Tonight I am trying Cinnamon hazlenut. This coffee is normally a breakfast coffee, but I like it with a slice of cake as I am relaxing by the fire. The smell of cinnamon and the taste of hazelnut goes well with cake or cookies. Squeekers and I have been watching the latest episode of the Sci fi series Stargate Atlantis. The show is over and I have finished my coffee and cake. I put Squeekers in his cage and turn off the gas fireplace. It is time to get some sleep. See you all next week.