Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th July, 2010
trailers, three tents & five day visitors enjoyed another CamperTrailers
Group weekend get together hosted by Rob & Carol, camping along the grassy
river flat of the Williams River Holiday
Park at Clarence Town, one hours drive north west of Newcastle. There were a
few members researching buying a camper so the weekend gave them an
opportunity to gather firsthand information & get an honest opinion from the
camper trailer owners.
We were lucky
enough to have warm nights, with temperatures getting down to around 10
degrees celsius, owing to the cloud cover which produced a few showers over
the weekend. The occasional shower was more of a nuisance than anything
else, however it was better than waking to a frosty cold winters morning.
The sun did show its head during the weekend, mainly on the Saturday.
to arrive on the Thursday in anticipation of a great weekend to follow.
Thursday night saw several members enjoying the campfire & sharing a few
stories till a good hour. Campfires are lit in half 44 gallon drums cut
lengthways provided by the caravan park which keeps the camping area clean
of the unsightly campfire scars on the ground.
By Friday evening
the majority of members had arrived & it wasn't long until they were setup &
sitting around the campfire enjoying the camaraderie. It is fantastic how
total strangers meet at the start of a weekend get together & part as old
friends a couple of days later. Most seem like old friends when you meet
them anyhow after exchanging e-mails via the CamperTrailers Group forum.
Some members were attending their first weekend with the group. It was nice
to meet them & put a face to the typing.
A very foggy
start to Saturday which lifted at ten. You know they say a fog in the
morning results in a sunny day & this held fast. Members filled in the day
driving to local sights, browsing Clarence Town or walking around looking at
the varied makes & models of camper trailers attending & checking the
modifications others had done to make camping all that more enjoyable. Did I
mention chat? The local hardware couldn't keep up with the demand for
gumboots. Ed & Donna enjoyed a paddle on the Williams River in their newly
acquired sit-on kayak.
afternoon happy hour saw a large circle gather with everyone catching up
with those who they hadn't met during the day. Rob gave Alan Haworth his
prize for first place in the recent CamperTrailers Groups
photo caption competition compliments of
Campertrailer Australia magazine.
Saturday night is
the main night around the fire. We set up two fire drums so everyone could
talk across the fire ring & keep warm. Peter & Lisa scored well arriving
back in camp on Saturday afternoon with several fence posts. While out
driving they came across a farmer replacing fence posts & asked what he was
doing with the old ones. They made a big difference especially when we had
two fires going. The dancing girls that Rob had booked didn't turn up as it
was a little wet.
This was the
smallest NSW weekend meet we have had for some time so it was enjoyable to
sit around the same fire with everyone. As the CamperTrailers Group has
grown over the last nine years the weekend get togethers have become larger
with the nights campfire breaking into smaller fire circles. The only way to
meet everyone is to move from fire to fire. Some, are known as 'campfire
moths' that flitter to brighter campfires as others dim.
Sunday saw most
pack up & head home for Monday work commitments, while others enjoyed the
weekend that much they stayed another night. From there the campsite numbers
dwindled until the last to leave headed off Tuesday morning with dry canvas.
attempt at holding a weekend meet there a few weeks earlier was cancelled
owing to a total washout from heavy rain & a rising river. Diane, the
manager of the Williams River Holiday
Park, had asked us to move off the riverflat as the SES predicted the river
would flood. The river did come up but if it had continued to bucket down
like the previous night, I'm sure the whole riverflat would have gone under.
Some weekends were never meant to be & we had plenty of
trouble. Read all about what happened in the Australian CamperTrailers
Groups regular column in #32 Campertrailer Australia magazine.
|Rob & Carol + grand
daughter Brydie (6)
|Richard with Dudley
& Hank (dogs)
|Peter and Lisa
|Mike & Christine
|Kevin & Carolyn
|Dave & Alison,
Shannon (10), Lachlan (5), Rikky (3), Khristyann (10 months)
|Jy & Elisa, Cooper
(4), Bradon (6)
|Gus, Clancy (14) &
|Matt & Erin
|Ed & Donna
|Geoff & Barb
|Al, Mandy & Davis(9)
|Clive & Sharon
|Jason, Sue, Jess &
|Ian & Brenda
|Sandra & Phil