WATAGANS NP – 22-23 May 2021
Before James (Jimmy) had children, he would often come away with me for an overnight walk – usually on Mother’s Day or my Birthday. This year, for my birthday, he offered to come away for an overnight walk with Audrey who’s 5 years old (and is my granddaughter). It would be her first overnight walk (very exciting).
We decided to go to a spot I’d found last year which was a mere 200m off-track walk from the car park, and was nice and flat. My other son, David, was sick so he couldn’t come with us but nevertheless, we decided to go ahead with just the three of us. With such a short walk in, we didn’t have to start until mid-afternoon. So, armed with 2 tents, 4 sleeping bags and lots of warm clothes we set off.
The 200m with a five year old was slower than anticipated so we stopped earlier than I’d wanted to at the first flat area.
Tents up, mattresses pumped up, sleeping bags fluffed up and it was time for firewood collection. Audrey got right into it, whilst Jimmy had to go further afield looking for bigger bits of wood.
I’d not taken into account that we were camping in rainforest and that all the wood would be wet. Took a while but eventually (after setting fire to a goon box) Jimmy coaxed the wet wood into a decent fire.
We needed more wood!
I set up a drop sheet so that I could see any leeches heading our way, but thankfully no leeches at all for the whole weekend (too cold?). Audrey was given instructions that she could exit the drop sheet from either side, but couldn’t go anywhere near the fire!
Roasting marshmallows as an entree seemed like a good idea.
Then it was on to Sausage on a Stick for dinner. And this was followed by some Persian Fairy Floss (amazing!). Jimmy and I managed to go through a goon of red wine before we ran out of wood and decided it was time for bed!
After we’d finished cooking on the fire I put one of those chemical packs on it which makes blue, purple and green flames (banner image above).
Next morning we did a quick walk over to the place we were supposed to camp and found an even better flat area, still not a lot of wood though.
The walk out – you forget about trip hazards for small people! Audrey carried all her clothes in for the night’s adventure.
Back at the car park – a 15 minute walk in and out!
This is the picnic area near the car park.
The creek at the car park. Would be very pretty in the summer months (although then you’d have to contend with leeches).
James (Jimmy) and Audrey – everyone made to the end of this adventure without any problems – sort of doesn’t sound like one of my walks does it
Thank you James and Audrey – the BEST birthday gift ever!
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