Well I don’t mean to brag or anything I think I am getting this camping malarky down to a fine art!
We decided to split the drive into two halves this time, as quite frankly, anything more than 3 hours in the car with 3 kids is just torture. Unless you leave in the middle of night while they’re still asleep (or so I’ve been told). We planned to be on the road at 4:30pm and we pulled off the drive way at 4:29pm. It had only taken us most of the day to pack but that’s by the bye – we still left on time and that’s all that counts right?? Unfortunately Friday night traffic bit us in the butt and it took 5 hours instead of 3 to get to our first stop. Luckily the kids were too excited to care and a stop at Macca’s for dinner made up for being stuck in traffic!
After a quick stop over at our friends farm in Bulahdelah, we headed off bright and early to Nambucca Heads. We almost didn’t make it as we came minutes away from running out of petrol! Emily, our sat nav (who apparently needs a software update) decided to take us on a wild goose chase in search of a service station. Tensions were running high and although I managed to find several on google maps on my phone, of course Mr D knew better and wasn’t taking directions from me or Google!! Our friends (or were just behind us in their car) were prepped to come and rescue us as we were about to break down, but we (actually Google) managed to get to some fuel at the very last second! After some slightly amusing txt messages between my friend and I and a full tank of petrol, we were on our way again. The weather was roasting hot when we arrived but the water views were so incredible, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit excited. The kids were chomping at the bit to go for a swim, so we had to get our tent set up in record speed. Even though I had packed everything but the kitchen sink, we managed to get it all set up relatively stress free. One of the great things about our lovely bell tent is that is goes up in about 5 minutes!! Mr D does all the ‘muscle’ bits and then I make it all look pretty – well as best you can when camping anyway!! Bunting and fairylights make all the difference I think. After a jam packed afternoon of swimming pool action, I poured myself a large glass of wine and we all headed off for a sun set walk – or adventuring with torches as the kids put it. The boys brought their fishing rods to try their luck off the break wall too (sadly no fresh dinner that night). It was the perfect end to our first day of camping. This is really what it’s all about. If you’ve been following my Facebook page, you might have noticed that things didn’t quite stay as perfect……..find out more in part two of our camping adventures – coming soon.
Are you and your family campers?? Do you love it or hate it??