Which Daddy gate-crashed as well this time :)
|The 'setup' ~ very shaded ~ bad for photos, but good for camping in the summer heat!|
We very nearly didn't embark on it this year. One child was quick to point out that we had only 3 days (yes, just 3 days) where we stayed at home or didn't have visitors since Christmas Eve. While we just love having visitors, I do think that next year I need to be a little more proactive in making sure that we have more days of just staying at home (although the intensive swimming lessons the twins did for two weeks certainly helped with their swimming progress). This child had an uncharacteristic meltdown & I realised how much the constant going does effect the children.
We left late Sunday morning (remember we only decided to go that morning). Yes, we are super packers ~ just stay out of our way. The twins know to sit in the car while we run around like mad people throwing together everything we could need. We went the long way to the camp site so we could go to a city & buy some camp stretchers. We are so sick of air beds that go down during the night & ending up uncomfortable, attempting to sleep on the hard, rocky floor. Fortunately the shop had 4 stretchers so the children were excited about their new beds! Unfortunately there is no option for a queen & Mummy & Daddy had to stay with the air mattress ~ which of course went down sometime after midnight!!
Upon arriving at the camp site we were pleasantly surprised to find it rather empty. Maybe the predictions of storms that barely came about on Saturday had scared the usual crowd who go away camping for the Australia Day long weekend or maybe it's lack of a good place to swim reduces it's desirability in the melting summer heat ( we didn't know this fact until we had arrived). We were able to get a lovely shady site on the edge of the river.
Although we were reminded why we love not having neighbours (yes, there was one group who were intent in celebrating Australia Day all weekend ~ into the wee hours of the morning & very loudly), we just enjoyed the chance to get away as a family. Lots of relaxing, lots of chatting, lots of enjoying God's beautiful creation!!
What is your favourite camping tip??