|Posted on January 13, 2007 at 2:59 AM|
This was truly a once in a life-time occurrence. I was lucky that the person I worked for was a very involved boss that wanted us to experience absolutely everything. It was fairly late in the evening, but we all piled into a Landover (his preferred vehicle of choice for his adventures, even though most of the Game Viewers were Cruisers), loaded on as many spares as we could, and headed out to see Comet McNaught.
Even though we were in the bush, there was still enough light around to make the night sky fairly unimpressive. This is what the spares were for. Our boss, Allen, was taking us off-road, away from the lights. We went to the far north of the property. It was exciting, and we all laughed and joked as we tipped 30 degrees while Allen navigated the terrain. Suddenly we heard a huge noise. Allen immediately stopped the Landy and we all jumped out. We had a flat tyre – that is, a rip from one side to the other. We had completely destroyed the tyre on a rock. We were so ready! There were over ten of us and more than enough spares – but no wheel spanner! We ended up using an absolutely huge ‘baboon’ wrench to undo the nuts. After about an hour, we managed. Thank goodness everyone was still keen to go see the comet, but we hadn’t come this far for nothing! Eventually Allen came to a flat section on top of a hill, which I had a feeling was a place he had been to before. We turned off our lights and looked up. There it was, in all its glory. It was beautiful and huge, stretching across the sky. We tried to take photos, but none of our cameras were capable. It is forever in my memory, and even a photo wouldn’t have been able to convey how vast it was. We didn’t want to go back, but the night was nearly finished and we needed to get back for morning drive with guests. The trip out of the 'wild' side of the park was much quicker, be the whole time I kept my eye on the comet. It was so surreal.
On the way home we found a huge herd of White Rhino. While we were watching them, a huge bug (which looked like a ?wasp?) landed on Allen's head. It was so huge that he actually felt it land, through his cap. He is allergic, so he completely freaked out, sending the Rhino's running in all directions, and left us out of breath with laugher.
It was visible for the next few days, but nothing like what we saw while we were in the middle of no where.