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Hynes Camping Reserve weekend get together

      The weekend of Friday 29th of September to Monday 2nd of October 2006.


    The Grampians is a wonderful place to visit, but with being a national park we had to find somewhere close to camp that allows members dogs. A Google search came up with Hynes Camping Reserve on the Rocklands Reservoir. No one in the group had been there but as the description suited our needs a booking was made. It turned out that we had the place to ourselves as the site was less popular due to the reservoir having only 2% of it's capacity. 


    Iím sure all would agree that the camping area had everything we required. Individual enclosures gave privacy when required. There were a few campfires blazing Friday night amongst the individual campsites to sit around and visit.


    Saturday morning, we enjoyed a very informative walkabout visiting each Camper trailer. Each owner gave a talk about their camper including the cost. Better than going to a camper show.


    Sat afternoon a few members visited an aboriginal rock art site after walking along some beautiful country. we were back in time to watch the end of the AFL footy final. Great reception on a laptop and reasonable reception on Robís TV. Robynne proudly flew her Eagles flag from their camper.


    On Saturday night, we all sat down to a candle-lit dinner. plenty of delicious food was prepared and shared by all. The menu had tender roast chicken, lamb curry & mashed potato, a leg of ham, cobb-cooked pizza's, meatballs, freshly baked bread, salads, trifle, custards and more.


    After dinner, old macdonald, banjo's swagman, the balloon orchestra, the world's ugliest man, a guessing the name wizard, a very respectable strip-tease act, and general custers' coward kept us entertained. It was great to see normally shy people come out of their shell and have a go. Rob & Eve ( being their first meet and not knowing anyone) slotted into the group confidently. They held a covering blanket as Anne, Rob's 75 year old mother , performed a titillating striptease act. Sheryl and Rob Martin were outstanding in their judging duties and the striptease act was a popular winner. The prize of a $2 two-thirds full cleanskin of cab/merlot is still unclaimed though.


    Sunday was a more relaxing day with some doing individual tours around the Grampians and the rest enjoying a peaceful day around camp.


    a few tales from the meet............................


    The ooo's and ahrrrs when Pete showed off his wine cellar.


    Rob Martin had car trouble after driving along a heavily corrugated road heading towards the rock art shelters..


    Rob & Eve had the best buy when they purchased their camper at around 1/2 retail price. (used only once)  


    Dale & Karen with their 3 well behaved kids, Emily Nick and Jeremy had a great set-up. loved their laptop entertainment unit.


    Rob's mate Lynton set up his A van up in 30 secs, then took 20 minutes to connect his verandah.


    The ultimaaate! had it's full annexe up. huge area inside and underneath.


    Paul & Leanne arrived last and found a far-a-way campsite to suit their needs.


    There was huge interest in dave & robyne's set up with their full-frontal fly screen.

     Lindsay & Sandra were happy in their "dog-box" and contemplating their upgrade when the "Big Trip" eventuates.


    After giving my "Big Tip" about using canola spray to stop the squeaks, Lindsay gave our camper the test by connecting some "fishing rod bells" to the camper.


    The golf championship was won by Lindsay in a flukey display where he actually hit the bucket from about 70 metres away. 


    A section of the drive going to the "cave of hands" had the most heavily corrugated section of dirt that I have driven on. Definitely shake, rattle and roll. The "easy walk" up to the cave of hands was like walking the Kokoda trail for Cindy and myself. The climb up the ladder to the fire lookout had Eve packing it when she reached the un-fenced lookout. Where was her hero Rob when she needed reassurance?? Down on the lower level with no intention of going any higher.. hahahaha.  


    Rob & Eve's verandah was very warm when some of us visited Sunday night. A couple of gas lights and full enclosure provided a very comfortable venue.




A big thanks goes to Rick & cindy for hosting the CamperTrailers Group meet




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