Shortly after arriving, the team headed out for a seafood dinner in Darwin and my food dreams started coming true.
|Food always tastes better with boats in the view|
|When I ordered the daily special, I wasn't expecting the whole fish to land on my plate!|
|I got to sit in the co-pilot's seat which gave me a great view of leaving tropical Darwin to the "bush".|
|Camp from the air|
So, arriving in camp and being assigned the "honeymoon suite" that was an Atco style trailer with its own bathroom was fantastic.
|We had great meals in the dining hall/meeting room|
|Roger overlooking one of the drill sites|
|This river can be flooded one day, and passable the next|
|Fossil found in the area which reminded us of Drumheller. Dinosaur tracks and bones have also been found here.|
|I look like Granny Clampett goes Down Under|
|Looks like the grasshopper was attracted to Roger's camera|
|This is a saw fish -- it was the creepiest looking thing I've seen! It looks like it had make up on!!|
|This croc weighed about 700 kg!|
|Having dinner down at the Wharf|
|This time eating bugs was a good thing. These bugs are a decadent and delicious shellfish that tastes like a combo of lobster/crab/prawn.|
Craig's son Jake and his family met me at the airport and rolled out the red carpet of hospitality for me. Craig had arranged the rental of a one bedroom apartment for us in Alice while the equipment gets readied for the job. It was wonderful to walk into this beautiful suite with a pool and BBQ area a few steps away.
|A beautiful family: Jenna, Jake and Chloe on top of Anzac Hill where a war memorial is built.|
|View of Alice Springs from Anzac Hill. It's a very clean city with everything we need.|
|I'm practicing my "Nana" skills with Chloe - a happy, easy going 10 month old!|
"The people are immensely likable - cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted and unfailingly obliging. Their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on the water. They have a society that is prosperous, well ordered, and instinctively egalitarian. The food is excellent. The beer is cold. The sun nearly always shines. There is coffee on every corner. Life doesn't get much better than this."
Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country