How do you tell a story in one blog post that would take a chapter in a book?
What a trip.
Australia, living in it as I have for a lifetime that is getting longer, is big, but occasionally you need the odd reminder.
A three hour flight and a twelve hour drive over two days got us to our destination. One hundred kilometre or more stretches of no bends at all. No rises or dips in the road. Just straight and flat. Massive skies with wisps miles above. Stars at night like a living astronomical map with shooting starts by the minute.
A hour nd a half at 120 kms per hour over wild dirt to get to the nearest town.
Farms so big at one or two MILLION acres it takes hours to drive up "the drive".
Air interstellar clean, water gin clear and glove warm.
Ancient reef cliffs and coral sand beaches.
Waves that can play and crush one set apart.
A crew of players, musical and board, of creativity and virtuosity, from across Australia and, in a young genius named Ryan Burch, from little old Encinitas in So Cal.
Jacques Cousteau's dear old chef.
It was that good.
Now back in reality, sitting in front of an edit and wondering where to from here. Three torrid weeks, rehearsals and then an Australian tour, followed by the world.
I'm holding onto my hat. It is going to be quite a ride.
Pics: Local flavour, more to come.