Then, before him, at his feet, he saw an extremely small live thing, only several inches long, a young weasel, that, like himself, had disobediently gone out adventuring
For fear of adventuring
his intelligence into ways where its natural lights might fail to guide it safely he dismissed resolutely all suppositions, surmises, and theories out of his mind.
While Alice Springs itself (population 30,000) is little more than a collection of art galleries, pubs, and cafes baking in the sun (you can forget any Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert fantasies you may be harboring; that was a movie), it's a comfortable base for adventuring
into the surrounding wilderness.