Wednesday, 5 October 2011
The benefits of camping close to home
Last year I chose the location based on my commitment to attend my 20 year school reunion (yep. I am that old).
This year we needed to stay close to home because the Geege had to work at our store. It was either that or we cancel. Hilariously, we ended up exactly six and a half kilometres from home.
The weather was marginally better than last year (Saturday was actually quite lovely), but we did experience the usual torrential downpours that we have come to expect on these camping trips. We came prepared with our raincoats, umbrellas and gumboots. And the kids had more fun playing in a huge puddle for hours than I thought was even possible. It was all good.
Each year it is getting a little bit easier (we didn't even have to take port-a-cots this year!) as the youngest kids are getting older and the older kids are getting more independent. We even managed a lovely group bush walk this time, and the twins were among the walkers (i.e. not being carried). I see a light at the end of the tunnel, people, oh yes I do.
I have to say that I wasn't expecting the impact that camping so close to home would have on the trip. Once you get over the weirdness of it, some of the noted benefits are:
1. There is no time lost 'on the road'. You pack in the morning, drive out of the driveway at 11am and arrive at the campsite at 11.10am. No planning involved.
2. Packing is less stressful. We had a 'if we forget something, we can just come and get it' attitude. We didn't really need to (if you don't count the kid's bikes and scooters) but it was fantastic having a fall back position.
3. You can still go to work while out camping because you can slip home for a shower as needed. The idea of the week long October school holiday trip was born because of this. A plan for 2012.
4. You don't need to freeze your meat and hope for the best in the esky. The Geege just picked up some supplies out of the fridge on his way down in the evening.
5. You can have visitors/day trippers which means that friends who aren't 'campers' don't have to miss out on all the festivities.
Have you ever camped close to home? Or do you prefer a more adventurous destination? Tell us some of your favourite spots.