We strayed slightly longer from home for our week long camping extravaganza between Christmas and New Year's than we did in October. All the way to Lake Munmorah* near Budgewoi**
Each time we camp with the crew we get a little bit better at it. We pack smarter (we actually managed to fit everything inside the car this time and didn't need to take two cars! Having said that we did forget the towels...), the kids contribute to the set-up a bit more and things run smoother.
I menu planned this trip and shopped from the pantry before we went to the supermarket for our supplies and only had to purchase 20 things (which lasted the entire trip without any wastage). Frugal and scrumptious, but nothing fancy like our fellow campers who were serious glampers. We are talking table cloths, fennel, solar powered lanterns and coordinated outfits.
I teased them for the first 24 hours and then lapped up the luxury, learning as much from the masters as I could. Glamping is great!
I prepared everyone for the obligatory rain and our kids were allowed to take two toys each (and their scooters). I took them some books and their craft supplies. Despite much deliberation about which of their prize Christmas gifts they would take with them, they spent precious little time using any of them. The rain never turned up for the party.
Instead their time was spent making up games, playing cricket, scooting, fishing, jumping waves on the seashore, swimming, bushbashing and generally making themselves scarce.
I had forgotten how absolutely awesome it is to camp sans rain. I hadn't been so relaxed in a long time. There is nothing like the sea breeze, a dip in the ocean, a few lazy afternoons punctuated with gin and tonics (courtesy of the glampers of course) and quality time with family and friends to brush your cares away.
New Years Eve went off with a bang and as we took numerous drunken group shots*** using the timer function and patted ourselves on the back for being the 'funnest' group in the whole campsite with our sparklers, glow sticks and disco tunes, we planned to do it all again next year.
How were your holidays?
* All the cool kids were there. We camped next to Polly and Woz from The Block.
**Does anyone else remember the bagging poor Budgewoi used to get in the Dolly Magazine in the 1980s? I kept getting the giggles every time I saw it written down. It is the small things...
*** We are regretting these now that they have found their way onto Facebook!