It was really a moment of madness, either that or ingenious, not sure which one when I told the children I would take them for a camping trip to end the holidays. It actually was my parents fault ~ you see they had given Dave a book of camping spots in NSW & it whetted my appetite for a bit of camp site lazing!
|On a walk we enjoyed!|
So with more planning than I was hoping & less planning than I should have done we set off last Tuesday for our very first Mummy ~ kiddo camping adventure armed only with this little camping guide, a GPS that wanted to take me in the opposite direction to what I was expecting ( although in hind-site I should really have listened to it ) & a car full of stuff that we hoped would come in useful!
I'd picked out a reserve at Wee Jasper ~ only a few hours away from home ( should the need arise to pack up & head home in the middle of the night). As we drove around very windy roads along cliff edges with no guard rails to stop any cars plummeting ( I hate heights ~ I was getting sick & I was driving) I did wonder if maybe it had been a foolish idea after all.
Finally we arrived at this tiny place that is too small to be called a town ~ more of a map on the side of the road & I managed to find the solitary shop/pub/restaurant open that sold ice ( at rather an exorbitant rate, but I wasn't going back over that road just for a few dollars) & gave directions
When we arrived at the reserve we were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it was ~ & how very quiet. We got the pick of the spots on the far point overlooking the river bank & decided to set up camp straight away.
|See the tent is straight & tables upright ~ LOL|
With much wrangling the kids & I managed to put the tent up ~ we were so thankful we'd only taken the 6 man & not the 10 man we also have. Zai also decided to put up his two man ( all by himself ) so that he & Ellie could sleep in that ( although they ended up in with us the first night). For people with very little camping experience we did a great job ~ the tent was straight & the tables didn't fall over ;)
|A dog the twins fell in love with & wanted to take home ~ so did I :)|
Such a beautiful place ~ the river was crystal clear (albeit freezing cold), but if you gritted your teeth your legs quickly got numb enough to make you forget the temperature :)
We had a wonderful time ~ even though every single one of the air mattresses went down each night. We had so much fun playing in the river & floating down it on air mattresses & blow up boards ~ it was great floating over submerged logs & going down the tiny 'rapids' made by the numerous river stones! Wonderful memories were made! Dave even managed to join us for Australia day!
|Just beautiful ~ this picture doesn't do justice!|
Next year when we go on our annual Mummy ~ kiddo camping trip (optimistic, aren't I), I need to remember one thing ~ to pack more snacks! All that camping was making us very hungry & I am a minimalist when it comes to packing & only packed what I thought we would use!
|Crazy kiddos ~ take after their father ;)|
I am so glad I went out of my comfort zone to do this with our precious children ~ having relaxed fun enjoying God's creation was a great way to spend the last week before school work begins for 2012!
What a wonderful way to wind-up the holidays
Have a great day