Greg and I set up
camp late on Thursday to beat the rush, but in fact were
about 1 hour behind Matt, Wendy and Cedar. The weather
was intermittent rain - more a nuisance than anything,
so we cooked dinner and had a cuppa before sending Greg
back home because he had work the next day.
Friday was again
intermittent rain, which was beginning to be annoying.
Around morning tea time the camp was joined by first
timers Gregory and Angela, and Brad, Anna and their two
girls. By lunch Helen and Mick and Ray had also arrived.
As it turned out, this was the full complement. Despite
the high interest shown in attending camp, the weather
continued to deteriorate.
A huge thank you
to Matt, Gregory and Brad for their efforts with whipper
snippers etc. The high grass around the Den was cleared
as well as two paths down to the river. This provided
easy assess so we could check the rising river heights
as it turned out.
tea on Friday and Saturday under the cover of the Den,
and time was spent visiting campsites and chatting,
fixing ropes, adding extra tarps. where needed, and
checking on the pegs in the increasingly sodden ground.
On Saturday morning tea we were joined by Lindsay and
Robyn who lingered until tea time, and joined in the
activities of visiting campsites and chatting, fixing
ropes, and checking on the pegs in the ground.
By Sunday and with
forecasts of the weather deteriorating even further,
increasing winds, and rising river levels we decided to
pack up our wet camps and head home while we could. We
had all been looking forward to the chance to get away
but the weather let us down big time unfortunately. It
was great to catch up with those who were able to attend
- hope you have finally managed to dry out the wet
canvas. Amongst others, we took photos of Matt and Wendy
and their campsite, complete with all the awnings they
possess (except the ovehead tarp) and with the
Australian Day flag - Greg and I are taking bets on
whether or not we will see this rig again!
On a sad note, we
know a number of members have had to attend funerals
recently and our thoughts are with them.
Thank you campers
and visitors for a memorable Australia Day and for your
good company - bring on the next camp!
Lisa and Greg