24th to Tuesday 30th January 2024
Cyclone Kirrily had been playing
difficult to predict before our planned annual Australia Day camp week
however despite this we decided to go ahead with the camp and our Scout
group working bee. It was a smaller group than other years that gathered at
Gum Flat Canungra Scout Ground in the heat and humidity on Wednesday.
Our first mission was to find the higher spots to set up camp because the
ground was still soft from recent rain and in case there was more rain
coming. When this was sorted and we were set up the next vital task was to
whippersnipper a path down to the river - thanks to Greg and Troy for this.
Recent floods and ongoing rain had altered and widened the river but
thankfully the river was flowing clean and clear because it was going to be
well patronised over the week.
Campers came and went over the week depending on their life's schedules.
Thank you to Karen and Peter Slutyer for dropping in on Saturday for lunch
and a swim and a general catch-up.
Thursday and Friday campers rolled down their sleeves to slash and generally
clean up around the Den and grounds to maintain access for the Scouts.
Thanks to everyone for their contribution.
On Friday evening just before dark Robyn and Lindsay arrived. It was their
first outing with their AOR Matrix PT so of course we were all keen to watch
them set up camp. While they had their backs turned we all lined up our
chairs to see the show and amuse ourselves at their expense :) (see pics)
Being good sports they took the banter in their stride and were set up in
next to no time.
Saturday night it rained - a lot. The humidity amped up some more if
possible and over the next few days we had around 80mm. Initially the creek
flooded but fell somewhat by Sunday afternoon and swimming resumed as a
relief from the heat. So now we were dodging low spots on the camp ground
and sloshing our way to the campfire - wet under foot as well as under our
arms ;) Although we had a campfire each night we sat a long way from it
after any cooking was finished.
We enjoyed Ray's cooking, Kathleen's 'bring a plate' shared dinner, and our
camp morning tea that was actually a lunch this year. The Scouts appreciate
our clean-up efforts and we appreciate being able to camp at this idyllic
location. Over the past 9 or is it 10 years we have been threatened by
cyclones (driven away one year), camped in high temperatures and spent our
time cooling off in this river as we did this year, and at other dry times
looked in dismay at the stagnant puddle that the Coomera River had become -
in all the years it is the company of our fellow campers that makes this
camp so enjoyable. Thank you!
On Tuesday Robyn and Mike couldn't be persuaded to stay the final night so
that left just Robyn and Lindsay camping with us. Despite the wet grounds
all campers were able to exit without needing any assistance which is not
always the case on this site.
One final note: On Sunday Angela bravely drove out and spoke with Greg. She
said that last August her partner Gregory passed away after a very short
battle with cancer. We remember and thank Gregory and Angela for the camps
they hosted and their company. Gregory was a big man but I will always
remember him gently carrying Angela's tiny Chihuahua. On behalf of our
fellow campers we extend our sympathy to Angela and Gregory's family.
Greg and Lisa Miller