I flew into Alice Springs late afternoon on Friday and spent two really restless nights at Lasseters for some unknown reason. I certainly should be used to sleeping in different beds after so long moving around either on trips or through work. Anyway the plan was for Jo to drive out from Yuendumu to pick me up on Sunday. That plan was fine except that Jo was on-call Saturday which ended up being a full on day with a couple of evacuations by RFDS and didn't finish up until after midnight.
She arrived in Alice just after lunch time which allowed only enough time to run around doing the few jobs we could do on a Saturday afternoon before me taking the wheel for the drive back. The 300 kms drive out to Yuendumu these days is sealed except for the last 10 kms so late afternoon saw us motoring into the community.
Our accomodation is quite comfortable being a two bedroom duplex that has a west facing front verandah so we have wonderful sunsets most nights. Yuendumu is one of the largest indigenous communities in the centre with a population of around 7-800. The clinic is much larger than what we are used to and have 8 nurses and a full time doctor which a bit of a luxury. With so many people sharing the on-call it means we are usually on-call only twice a week and even have the weekend off every now and again.
Anyway will write a bit more about life here soon.