Saturday 6th to Monday 8th June, 2015
Another magic weekend for the group has come and gone, a revisit to
Atkinsons Dam where we spent June long weekend in 2014. The weather
was kind to us with no rain, very warm days when the wind was not
blowing and not very cold nights.
We welcomed first time campers with the group, Brian Edwards with an
elete camper trailer and Rodney and Melanie who came in their Kombi
Camper as their camper is back home getting modified for a Tasmania
trip soon to come. It was great to catch up long time campers Lisa
and Greg who we have not seen since June 2014 with Greg still
working in NSW and living in their caravan, Jill and Gus who made
the trip up to Queensland from New South Wales and Rod and Rachel
who brought out with them a couple of friends so that the kids would
have some company. We also had surprise visitors for Kevin with
Kathleen and Courtney coming out for a day visit on the Sunday.
The camping set ups included
one swag, three tents, six camper trailers, three crossovers vans ,
three caravans and a Kombi camper.
The dam this year was a lot
lower than last year with the caretakers telling us it is at 36%
capacity. It certainly was a long way down to the dam for Rick to
take his kayaks down for a paddle and for people to go for a walk
around the dam edge. The numbers of bird life was unbelievably huge
and it was great watching them all take off from the water or edge
of the dam into the sky. The pelicans were often seen gliding around
in wind drafts. The horses once again came to visit more so at night
time. They were enticed to move away from the fireplaces during the
dark of the night. We had some beautiful sunsets and moon rises
although the sun sets last year had lots better colour.
The saying is what happens on
camp stays on camp but here are a couple of the highlights –
* Matt being sent to the naughty corner which was on the island in
the middle of the dam, this was before he even arrived:
* Macadamia nuts and shells for on the fire with comments of Rob N's
hot nuts or Rob's exploding nuts:
* Matt and Wendy having to dry out all their bedding due to a hot
water bottle leaking and the local banter about this:
It was great to sit and watch
everyone enjoying the time away camping, making new friendships and
catching up on older ones, the children riding bikes , kites flying
in the air, people paddling on the dam, the laughter and bantering
around the campfires and communal times.
Roll on 2016 when we do it all again, same place, same time.
Robyn and Lindsay