The main part of the adventure has commenced an early start and a flight from Perth to Karratha. A place I have never been, luggage checked in and sliding past the check-in with the excess hand luggage which included lights and pop up backdrops, didn’t matter as the flight wasn’t full so he first part of the mission was successful. Flying over the ever changing landscape of Northern Western Australia. Totally fascinated by the mountains that had shadows on them that looked like trees, followed by the lakes and desert and watching the colors change from green to red. Landing in Karratha a couple of hours later. The vast flat open spaces with roads the stretched out to the sea. It was now time to pick up Bruce!
Bruce is the workhorse that will accompany us on the journey around the country side. To get Bruce out of his accommodation there was a simple payment required. No money required just a slab of Beer, Yes this is Australia. Bruce is a rattling old ute with all its quirks Don’t open that side as the struts won’t hold the canopy, use the small key to open the driver’s door and the bigger key to start the engine, A quick clean to get rid of the 15 tonne of dust, oil and water checked and filled, A bit more air in the tyres and we are off.
The Drive is really interesting over very different landscape to that Ive seen before. Some of the rocks are really red and look like shiny pieces of metal and others are like shards of slate. A quick stop along the way at a beautiful water hole. This really is a magical land and there is so much to see.
Pannawonica Village is our home for the night it’s a closed mining town. Your accommodation includes meals as well over in the Mess. Its an interesting place and tomorrow we get to check out the school and photograph the kids. Another early start as school starts early so that we can complete the job and head back into Karratha for the rest of the week. I can’t wait to see more of the country side and photograph the ever changing landscapes