David Graff – davidgraff.com Today with Dave, Downunder it's Thursday, April 26th, 2018 @ 5:07 PM

Tasmania Take Two

In 2016 I took a trip down to Tasmania to check it out. Tasmania has a reputation that reminds me of the types of things Canadians like to say about Newfoundland. Depending on your backgrounds you may or may not understand what I mean. What I found was a gorgeous, rugged territory filled with rolling hills, rugged rocks, windswept trees and lovely people. Not to mention great food and clear cold water.So I came back to see it again. This time for a bit shorter escape. It’s summer here nowand it reminds me of home. The temperate summer is something magical. You can feel nature going full out to take advantage of the season. I love it. I’ll take every chance I can to come back.

Qantas Close-up

On a flight to Melbourne recently, we had a close encounter in the air… Pretty cool to see. Don’t worry, the pilot announced it… They were on top of things.

Just Flying Around

These are a few snaps from flying around the local area.

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Coming Home Again

Things have been very busy for the last year.  And finally, thankfully, I’m coming home.  It’s been way too long between trips.  When I moved here so long ago, I told myself that I needed to come home at least once per year.  But by trying to focus on exams and study and putting leave time on the back burner, I have gone 2.5 years without being home.  I miss everyone very dearly and I’m excited to be pointed north… way north.  See you all soon.

Introducing My Challenger

So… a little while ago now, I bought an airplane. It’s a Quad City Challenger that I bought from a man in NSW. It’s the physical fulfilment of a dream I’ve had for decades. It’s the start of the dream becoming real. I’ve always dreamt of being a pilot, and knew that I needed to make it happen. When I was younger it seemed so far away that I needn’t worry about it, just dream. But then later on, I started realizing if I don’t start this, it might not happen. So, after finishing medical school and realizing I would one day have a paycheck again, I started to look into it again. I did training with the General Aviation flight school in town and got a good foundation on the principles. The problem is that it’s very expensive building time in a rented airplane, and for good reason, airplanes are not cheap. So I started to look around. Private rentals can be a bit cheaper, but many have a minimum experience of over 100 hours. That’s a lot if you’re renting them all. Enter Ultralight Aviation… the time goes in your log just the same, an hour is an hour. And they’re a lot more affordable. It’s a different style of aviation, that’s for sure, but it’s still very exciting and provides me with a chance to leave the ground way more often than before. There’s something quite amazing about flying in your own machine, too.

So without further ado, here are some videos of my newest crazy plan.

The End of an Era

This post is back dated about 4 months. It’s one I’ve been thinking of but for a number of reasons has just been delayed. My life changed a lot around this time in a lot of areas. One of which is work. I’m no longer a resident doctor. I have moved on in the stages of training to be a full time emergency trainee. I won’t rotate out into different fields or teams, except for a few elective rotations. From this point on, I’ve got about another 5 or 6 years until I’m fully trained. It seems like a long haul, but I suppose the start of med school is further back in history than that is ahead. So here we go… headlong into the future. I’ve got a lot to figure out, and a lot to do, but that’s what makes things great in the end.

A Quick Change of Scenery

Yesterday I was sitting in Magnetic Island clinic office and got a call that instead of spending the rest of the week on Maggie, I would be driving or to Richmond first thing in the morning. It made for an early start and a late finish but I’m here… So different! It was 42 degrees here today.

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Nelly Bay Morning

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Pool Fun

Just a day by the pool!

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Magnetic Island 2014

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