Being the mining, oil and gas industry, we have a plethora of silly and nonsensical rules.
One of the not so bad sometimes rules is the mandatory RDO. That’s a rostered day off for you casual workers. On this site, we aren’t allowed to work more than 13 days straight before we have a day off, and that day happened on last Sunday.
Thankfully, the crew here is pretty lively, interested in the local surrounds and keen to get out amongst it. So, the site supervisor took it upon himself to motivate us all to pile into the work 4WD’s and head out to Millstream Chichester National Park.
It’s here https://maps.google.com/maps?q=millstream+chichester+national+park&hl=en&ll=-21.189534,117.358704&spn=1.092208,2.068176&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=58.467737,132.363281&t=h&z=10
Anyhoo, we visited Python Pool and the Homestead, saw a train and another train, then some more trains. I took a photo of two trains. Every one else took videos. After spending some time waiting for the trains to clear the tracks (the boss had a snooze, people on the other side of the tracks made tea), we continued driving around.
The Kiwi in the car was fascinated by everything and after some close calls, heeded my advice to not touch anything. Until he decided that the spinifex looked soft and brushed it with his hand. He whinged like a pom.
After some casual racism and a bit more driving we saw some cows. I didn’t take a photo of the cows.
Spinifex Dove? These were really cool birds. They were not keen to be photographed, so would hide behind tufts of grass. They would run behind a tuft, look up over it, duck down, run behind another tuft and then look up to see if I was still there.
Python Pool. Not quite the gorges of Karajini, but special in it’s own way. I can only imagine being here 10,000 years ago, wandering through such a inhospitable landscape, coming across this place. Millstream Chichester has a strong history with the original inhabitants of this land, not just for it’s water, but also for the varieties of plants that grew there. The area was used as a meeting place for a long time.
Despite my derisive sarcasm, I had a great time. Having other people waiting on you really forces you to focus and take a shot, rather than waiting around and hoping something better comes along.
I hope to do another trip on my next RDO, perhaps go further afield?