The Big Adventure begins.
Australia, Day One, 15th and 16th June.
|The ride for the first leg.|
He dropped me in loads of time and luckily I whizzed through baggage drop and security in less than 3/4 of an hour and setled down to wait for my first flight which was to Doha, we boarded on time but then sat on the tarmac for well over an hour before setting off and as I only had 1 hour 35 mnutes on the ground in Doha I was a tad stressed again.
Anyway we made up a little time but it was still very tight and I was sure I would not make the connection but when I got to the gate for the leg to Adelaide I found that this flight had also been delayed so I made it easily.
We boarded but by now we had clicked over to the 16th June and the next 13 and a bit hours went by quite well, watched movies and had several quite good meals and then we were there. As I had given good friend Deb who I was visiting the wrong time for my arrive I was through seurity and all the other bits far faster than expected but luckily Deb was already there waiting for me (she knew more about my flights than I did) thanks Deb.
We headed off to her and Ian's place which took us under an hour, on the way I had my first Australian bird species when we found a cracking Southern Boobook (Ninox boobook) sat in the middle of the road, Deb turned around to make sure it had shifted and was not going to get hit by any following cars but it had already gone.
During the drive Deb saw a Red Fox (Zorro / Vulpus vulpus) and I had my first Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus) and a couple of Rabbits (Conejo / Oryctolagus cuniculus).
We arrived and had a coffee and a good catch-up before I unpacked and hit the pit not quite as knackered as I had expected to be, looking forward to tomorrow.