G’day, mates (tee hee)!
It was late afternoon on the 27th of October 2014, when the tour bus picked me at the Sails in the Desert Hotel bound for Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru, also known as Ayer’s Rock, is a sacred site and one of the most iconic sights of Australia. Everything I had read suggested that viewing the rock at sunset and, if possible, at sunrise, is a show put on my Mother Nature that should not be missed.
The driver/guide announced to the passengers that he was also a photographer so upon arrival at the viewing area, I asked him if he was going to sell us a DVD of photographs. He said no but that he would be happy to take photos using my camera. I was forced to admit that I had misplaced my camera. He suggested that he could take photos using my phone. I told him my phone was dead and it doesn’t take pictures even when the battery is fully charged. I am sure he was wondering what sort of person arrives at the most photographed monolith in the world without any means of taking a photo.
At that moment, up stepped a handsome, strapping, young fellow who volunteered to share his photos with me if I gave him my email address. I have said it before but it is worth repeating – I am the luckiest girl in the world 🙂 I introduced myself and he told me his name was Trigger. I looked puzzled and asked, “Trigger, like Roy Roger’s horse?” He laughed and told me it was a rugby nickname that had stuck. I was relieved to learn that his parents had named him Paul, not Trigger. Interestingly, he was also in Australia for a friend’s wedding.
Trig and I talked, and took photos; drank, and nibbled on cheese and crackers. We were joined by a British couple and the four of us chatted and watched as Uluru changed from brown to orange, and finally, to black. I bid them goodbye and boarded the bus heading to the Aussie Barbecue Dinner under the Stars.
I ended up sitting with a couple of couples from Canada. If I hadn’t already had plenty to drink, I might have kept my mouth shut. Instead, I announced that I had come halfway around the world to sit with them. I ended up talking so much that I didn’t get any salad – just meat! I had steak, kangaroo, lamb sausage, chicken skewers, and lots and lots of sparkling wine.