Yesterday we pre-booked a small plane flight over the Tasman Peninsula coast line which was top of Peter’s bucket list, but it was highly weather-dependent, so we didn’t know if it would happen or not.
But, kudos to the weather – it turned out great. We had a pilot who was experienced at “handling” photographers (and was also a tall and handsome good-looker if I might mention that) and he was happy to take the door off and strap Peter in to make sure he didn’t fall out. We were flying for about 1 ½ hours and Peter was thrilled with the shots he was able to get (way more than he had hoped.) Once I got over my fear of falling out, or of watching Peter fall out, I absolutely loved viewing the world from 500 to 1500 ft above. It is a wonderful way to get a really broad perspective of things without feeling detached. Wish I was young enough to pursue a career as a small plane pilot!
We then drove to Orford where our motel room is, as promised, right on the ocean across from Maria Island (2nd on Peter’s bucket list.) We had a long walk on the beach out front and we are now chilling out and looking at all of Peter’s aerial shots.
It sure feels good to be back in the sunshine, and we hope it continues when we head to Freycinet Peninsula tomorrow. (Peter has to wait another day until there’s room on the Maria Island ferry for a day trip over!)