Alan (Cobb Extrodinaire) & Kathy (Better
½ of Alan) sorting canvass for the first time????
Kate (Canine Champion), Paul (??????),
Minky, Bella and their good friend Chloe, catching the fly screen bug.
Helen (Keeper of the Panadol), Peter
(Keeper of the expensive light), Jake & Benji, some of the early arrivals.
Rick (Hows your shower) & Carol (The
wheelie BBQ informant) in their, Trek Camper
with the quick draw camera.
Noel (See my new????? It’s got a maget!)
& Cathi (Owner of the New???) in their New Australia Day Green and Gold
Aussie Swag- However the Camper tent was still on top, in case the other one
ran away on its wheels
Rob (Dress up expert) & Diane (Good
looking tiger lady) with Jordan and their fully set up (Shower and not at
all minimalistic) Campomatic.
John (The BIG map man) & Penny (Better ½
of John) who decided not to deploy the fly veil this time.
Stephen (Father) & James (Son) in their
father and son Trakshak.
Hosts Gus, Jill, Erin, Clancy, Jayden &
Bree with Puppies, who rivalled Rex for the biggest tarp of the group.
Rex (The gadget man) and Anne (the very
patient and well read) in their
trailer from The Camper Factory
Redlands, with its Bells and Whistles set up complete with “REAL” coffee…
(Sorry, John its true)
Richard (The D & M Master), Sharon (The
original scoobie master), Rhianne (Erin’s best friend) and Patrick (Gameboy
lover) in their Cape York Adventurer (hmmmm need to look into those
Robyn (Crossword queen) and Gerry (with
the cool jacket) in their Travel sleeper, camping in the boonies.
Tahlee (Aka Cheryl) in her cute little
Colleen (Nice to meet you) in her soft
Karen (Jill’s friend), Brian (Tent
Master) and Ryan (son of Karen) in their trusty Dome Tent
WOW what a list of
attendees…… Gus was duly impressed and would like to give an official vote
of thanks to all who braved the outback for this very hot meet.
Well…………Robert may have beaten us with his
write up from ‘the lake’ but it was interesting to note from the pics that
jackets & jeans abounded, while the “Cranky Rockers” were sweltering in
swimmers, singlets & shorts with 40+ temps for most of the w/end & the one
open air cold shower copping a hiding for the duration.
The early arrivals (Tuesday) were greeted
with some oppressive heat that didn’t let up all night with the temp still
at 35 when midnight came around. This was to set the scene for the whole
More hardy souls turned up on Wednesday, to
be melted with the rest of us & many a “jeez it’s hot” expounded.
Thursday saw the last of the wilting
congregation arrive, although some left it as late as possible to show up
even though the nights were starting to become bearable by then.
All in all a great turn out and a
brilliantly laid back, relaxed weekend. The weather was a little trying
hitting 43 at some stage, so I was told. This was not totally unexpected and
“air conditioning” was supplied by the hosts to each camp in the form of a
spray bottle which was actually very refreshing even if the water in the
bottle was not particularly cold. Nights were not too hot though and
Happy Hour was extremely well attended on Thursday and Friday night,
Saturday Night saw many in attendance debunk to the Club for dinner and an
air conditioned interlude. Thursday happy hour was where Gus was presented
with a laminated photo of his very own Bunnings store (One day he may even
get to go inside one).
AUSTRALIA DAY………….What can we say, it just
oozed “typical”, stinking hot with very little breeze. The patriotic flags
were out (although there was an unobtrusive “stars & stripes” banner
languishing in the heat), more “bloody hell it’s hot” & lots of trips to the
shower, (the kids nearly wore out the water hole & had a well trodden track
to it that even the adults were trudging along by now). Friday night was the
official “Glow” night and the kids had a ball making coloured ropes and
The virtual campfire roped them all in on
Saturday night and just beautifully completed the ambience for the evening.
With total fire bans in place, campfires were on the extinct list, & so we
were faced with the conundrum of what to use as a “pseudo happy hour fire”.
The more inventive among us produced a multitude of “proto types”, till it
was agreed that Alan’s LED with the old cereal bowl on top would be accepted
by all & sundry. Yes, Alan we feel that a few more design attempts and it
will certainly be the most “Handy Item” to have around camp.
Once again the cowboys came galloping into
camp, but this time with strawberries clenched between their teeth to
complement the traditional tastes, whereby Brian was heard to say “Thank
god…………no coffee”, & even Helen consumed a whole cowboy on her own!!!!! Much
better than Jill who decided to leave the circle, to go and have a shower,
via the scenic route (it takes longer that way but she says the stars were
beautiful without a torch). So is this sad and pathetic effort good enough
for a mention for the Golden Peg awards this year???? Maybe there are many
people in the group who can get lost travelling 150 metres.. OOPS maybe not.
(I’m sure it was a LOT further than that says Jill).
Saturday saw a minor reprieve from the heat
& with Dianne’s suggestion to use the shelter shed as a venue for morning
tea, the troupe trundled down……… All the happy campers found a shady
spot and were quite happy to sit and chat a while.
Official thank yous and welcome were
exchanged and the $60,000 question was asked. Who is hosting the next
weekend? (And) Where is it going to be? Noel and Cathi had a spot picked @
North shores (Noosa) and a couple of invitation to members weekends were
bandied about, but, alas not a definite date as yet. We can tell you from
experience. It doesn’t have to be that hard. People will come and join in
and if they don’t………Well, you still get to have that weekend away experience
any how. We await the confirmation of the NEXT meet.
But meanwhile back at Cranky Rock - John
was gracious enough to provide some entertainment on Saturday by attempting
to drive his car off without disassembling his shower… Did anyone notice…
Sure did!! It got Gus off his chair in a flash grasping for the camera,
however, Rick had already taken photos… Bugger it is so hard not to be
noticed. This may be a good entry for the Golden Peg award this year.
I was personally wondering if this was a newer quicker way to pack up – you
know … just take out the tent pegs and hook the camper on and off you go?
Thanks also need to go to many, To Alan for
the Virtual fire and the scones, To Cathy for perseveering for the weekend,
Sharon and Richard who are involved in real estate deals and took time off.
To Rex and Anne for supplying the cool spot for Jake and sundry others at
times, also for sharing their very special album with us. To Peter and Helen
for the personal Bunnings Store. Rick & Carol for the BBQ plate cover in
black (cause we don’t have a real bunnings). To Tahlee for showing all the
kids the goanna up the tree. To Gerry & Robin being far enough away we could
pretend we actually did some exercise to visit. To Diane & Rob for the
suggestion of the Morning Tea meeting place. To Kate & Paul for keeping a
close eye on the vandals for us. To Cathi & especially Noel for the
Lamingtons (we imagined they were nice). To John & Penny for the tech tip on
the quick shower pack up. To Karen for taking the Group Photo. To Brian for
pouring as many cowboys as you can get out of a bottle (or two) As you can
see there was not one person who did not contribute to the weekend and so
united we had a ball.
Well this camping weekend thing didn’t
break the drought for us, so I suppose we will have to try some other method
to get it to rain…………..
Cheers……Jill & Gus