When we arrive there we were all excited and as we drove in we look for the best spot to camp… we drove around a bit further then…… "OMG, is that guy naked!?" a guy in his 50-60's we completely comfortable walking around this camp ground naked. Now, don't get me wrong , I fully support 'naturalists' but when it's in a public place where it is classed a illegal it made me wonder. I was concerned about my kids safety… then something else happened…
As we drove around further wondering how we felt about the nudist… knowing that we 'accept' it but the 'what ifs' flooded our thoughts, we came across a lady that was camping by herself (not many people do that!) and there was a funny feel about it. She stopped us and told us about how her tent had a rip in it from the high winds… and everything in me was thinking NOT to help her (which is un-like me) but I knew Sam would feel that he HAD to.
We found a spot which we thought we would camp… I got a head ache instantly which is usually a cause of fear, so I knew something was up. We plodded around a bit and everything lead to us not being comfortable there so we both agreed that we felt 'weird' and that we should find somewhere else to camp.
Sam offered to help the lady fix her tent. I chatted to her while he did that and got some history form her… in a nut shell she is sad, lonely and un-sure of what life really means for her. We left soon after with a sigh of relief and an inner peace.
Our little Piece of Paradise
The other camping option (besides a caravan park) near Portland, Vic was
Fitzroy River' Camp grounds. Not entirely free ($5per night or $20/week) but worth the $$$ for great spot we had.
Fisherman thrive on Fitzroy river and the beach that it leads into. It wasn't long after we arrive that we wet the line (Sam did) while I dipped into the (shallow) river. Sam dropped the line in then a bite… one fish…. dropped the line in again… another bite 2 fish…. all within 2 minutes! Fun!
We were warned about the high winds that Fitzroy River can get, but we thought that it really could't be that bad. The winds were pretty full on, we found it hard to sleep some nights due to the tent lifting and swaying…. there was un-certainly… The following day it was suggested that if we move the trailer around so the wind in behind us that would be better so we attempted to do that and while we were doing this (in the high winds) the wind uplifted the tent and reefed it over and it got caught on our boat rack (on the trailer) and….. RIIIIIPPPPPPP………… GASP!!!! OUr hearts sank…. we 'thought' that it was the end of our home for a bit…. I asked Sam to run for help while the was using my body weight to hold the tent down - which amazingly lifted my body and I flew for a few seconds!
Helped arrive! 3 men come to help us in the tradition of moving around to a better spot. They assured us that it's totally fixable
I must admit I'm just love playing with fire…. I mean I love to light them, cook with it and keep it flaming away!
My first recipe actually didn't require any cooking at all, they are called APPLE NACHOS- an all raw, fun, easy snack. Everybody loved this!
Have you ever tried this famous Duff beer?