When we arrived at Killarney Beach Caravan Park we where like "what the….?" there was a cricket oval…. then a play ground…. then cravens…. all round the cricket oval…. A little confusing as we have never seen a park like this before! So I guess from the confusion of "will this be a good place to stay" we began to feel a bit distributed because it wasn't the norm of a usual craven park… You know that feeling when something NEW pops into your experience and you weren't expecting it as suddenly you're all defensive - well that was us LOL.
A Constant struggle…. or not?
One of the things we often struggle with, with caravan parks is that their site JUST fit out whole camper trailer set up… in fact a lot of the times we 'over' by just a little, but we do our best to 'fit in' LOL. The funny thing is though is that it ALWAYS fits ;-)
The sites at Killarney looked too small for our whole set up - which made us more anxious, because if we could't stay here we needed to find somewhere else ASAP… which can also be an intense experience.
Bad vibes seem to cause to make any situation about 10 times worse. a bag of Mixed emotions were going on… you know when one thing piles on another and before you know it you have a shitty situation!
Our trailer requires the annex come our from the back of the trailer so this means that if the park sites are not drive through we need to un-hitch the trailer and manually turn it around. In this case this is what we needed to do.
We were offer help by fellow campers to help push our 1.2 tone trailer around so the annex could face the road (mainly so we can keep an eye out for the kids). As we were turning (Me - tara- directing the front) I noticed some skinning…. I mentioned it to Sam, but he had the determination to keep going 'just to get it done' type thing… as we went the jockey wheel dug into the sand and i suggested to stop…we stopped but then tried to push the jockey wheel THROUGH the sand… which in the end we ended up with a bent jockey wheel which was unusable!
We took a breather for 10 mins just to 'think' about it (which isn't like me) but this time I felt there had to be a change of attitude to help change this situation. deeeeeeeeep breath….and "where's that beer!!!" ;-)
We needed help with this one… we needed emergency repair on our jockey wheel and out of all the tools we carry we didn't have the right one this time.
We asked for help from our new neighbour and he was more than willing and VERY handy (thanks Rob)!
Pipi's, shell fish, butterfly shells…..
Killarney beach is ABUNDANT with Pipis (some people call them different I think it depends where you are from). Fellow campers would come back from the beach with bucket loads of them to either use for fish bait or cook up.
Soy sauce garlic & worchshire sauce…. NUM! I'm not a big lover of sea food but I LOVED this!
Killarney beach is known for its good fishing so Sam was eager to 'wet a line' and catch something that we can eat. We love the idea of living off the land! Sam caught 2 snapper (YUM!) that he made into homemade fish and chips - PERFECT lunch!!!
As the kids and I were walking to the beach to walk Zeus in the morning we heard a cat meow…. I thought that was strange….. I heard it again, it sounded more kitten like and like it really wanted someone to find it…. so I went seating in the beach scrub and found a 8 week old kitten…. obviously left there for someone to find and love. It was VERY cute & super friendly and the kids were thrilled to nurture something smaller them themselves. It was really hungry so we fed it things we had, left over chicken - gulp! tin salmon - gulp! cows milk - gulp! mashed up dog food - gulp! - it WAS hungry!
Sometimes all you need is some fun in the sun!
We got a yummy 38 degree day on our last day at Killarney Beach. As the day went on we were all feeling overwhelmed again and then it occurred to us… "why don;t we go to the beach?" so we did, and it was the best decision ever (had to walk a whole 200m LOL) - we needed that separation from what was going on to the 'great outdoors'. I remember feeling like this when we lived in a hours too and KNOWING that we just HAD to get out to make everything feel better!
See you on the happy side!!! :-D