It was great to see William and Kate in the flesh, and for the first time experience what it's like to be part of the press pack for such an event. But the best bit was travelling with my friends from the local paper, the Centralian Advocate. Many people don't realise that Uluru is about a five hour drive from Alice Springs, and no outback drive should be undertaken without reasonable planning. It was lovely to travel in a group, and a vehicle that was going to make it. I don't think I'd risk taking my car down there! Thank you Phil, Jess and Editor Bryan who made it all happen.
The actual job was definitely a case of work hard, play hard. I worked a 19 hour day on the day itself. But it was cool, after the madness, to catch up with some British journos I either knew, or recognised off the tele!
An awesome place if you love animals!
Taking advantage of blue skies
One radio feature later and I'd signed up to learn to fly. But it wasn't an easy start. Despite a skydiving licence, a previous job on a rough ferry crossing and numerous other dabbles in air sports, gliding made me feel very airsick - my poor instructor Robert TWICE having to deal with me actually vomiting! I'm now taking motion sickness pills, but almost 20 flights in I hope to rid the need for medication when the pack runs out.
Here I am operating the launch point radio, which is what I do a lot of the time when I'm not in the air. The gliders are launched by a winch, as you can see in the picture on the right.
And before you ask, no I don't fly them solo yet....that's quite a way off. Here I am with instructor Simon who took me for a few awesome loop the loops recently. I filmed it for a friend as a birthday surprise. You can watch the video here.