The Christmas family get together was a lot of fun although very tiring as we didn't arrive back in Port Denison until 48 hours after leaving Yuendumu. In the accepted tradition there was far too much food but an acceptable amount of alcohol having enough leftovers to feed a small army. One major hiccup that occurred just before leaving Yuendumu was that the Fish Market from which we had ordered all the seafood, and the major ingredient of the occasion, burnt to the ground!!
I was supposed to call the market on the day before we left to confirm the order and pay for it over the phone. I was having trouble getting through to the number but thought it may have been because they were so busy so just persevered. Eventually someone answered the phone and informed me that the shop had burnt down just last night. Although feeling some empathy for the owners on what would usually be one of their most profitable times of year all I could think was BUGGA!!!!! Where am I going to lay my hands on enough seafood to feed everyone.
I rang the few other seafood outlets in Geraldton to find out what the options were and luckily found one that still had a reasonable selection available. Also in conversations with these other outlets found out the rumour was that the fire had started from some faulty Christmas lights. What bad luck!!
Anyway the weather was kind being not too hot with a cool sea breeze and everyone enjoyed themselves which is the main thing after all. The journey home was not as prolonged with better connections and we were able to depart Port Denison around 7:00 AM and drive into Yuendumu about 8:00 PM. The drive back to Yuendumu being mostly paved these days really underscored how much a community with almost all weather access takes the pressure off the journey.