Written By: Gary Wonning
I had decided to go with the flow and let the events play out as they should, I knew I would have the opportunity to do and see everything I came to do, it was just a matter of letting the universe sort it all out.
With our departure in doubt, we retired for the evening and awaited the dawn to see what the next day would bring. Our bags were packed.
The next morning the word was we were going, while in our room collecting our luggage, we got a phone call, we’re not going.
We decided we may as well go outside and see what we could do in Cairns for the day.
As we were stepping off the elevator in the hotel lobby, another traveler ran over to us shouting,”Hurry up and get your luggage, we have to be at the airport, our plane leaves in a half an hour.”
Someone asked, “How far is the airport?”
“Twenty-five minutes,” was the reply, “and in Australia, the planes won’t wait on you.” Running as hard as we could, we gathered up our belongings, down the elevator and onto the waiting bus. It was the longest twenty minutes of my life, dodging through traffic, the bus came to a screeching halt in front of the terminal. Hurriedly, we checked our bags and through security, we scurried.
We soon found the Australian airlines aren’t as lenient about carry on luggage size as in the states. One photographer got into a heated argument with the gate agent because her camera bag was a couple of inches over the limit, she lost and boarded the plane as her luggage became checked luggage, as a consequence her bag didn’t show up in Alice Springs until the next day.
Boarding the plane, the aircraft began pulling away from the gate as we found our seats. It was then I realized how desolate the outback was. As I looked out the window of the plane, many times there were no roads in sight as far as the eye could see, houses were entirely out of the question. It made Arizona look like Manhattan.
Journey on a modern day walkabout
He has published several books about his adventures.
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