Saturday 29th Sept to Monday 1st Oct, 2012
With relatively short notice we were able to secure the Canungra Scouts
Campground at Gum Flats for the October long weekend. It's immediately
opposite Sharp Park/River Bend Camping area - a known favourite with
campers, and we hoped the CamperTrailers Group would like it just as much.
The ground being relatively flat and with the scout's tolerance of dogs as a
big plus, nine campers fronted up at various times from lunchtime on Friday.
The decision where to set up camp on such a wide expanse of vacant property
being about the hardest decision of the weekend. Over the weekend two
campers had friends/family visit and Bob and Lyn visited friends and family
nearby, so it proved to be a convenient location. The two male grandchildren
with the group also enjoyed playing in the river.
Saturday's morning tea was complemented by Matt's freshly baked camp oven
cake, of which only the crumbs remained. By this time the group consensus
was that the venue was a success and morning tea rolled onto lunch very
easily. Saturday's entertainment was the AFL Grand Final for those
interested, courtesy of Lindsay's new TV (from Catch of the Day of course)
or joining in the conversation circle by the campfire. Saturday night's
campfire was cut short for some with the advent of light rain. Trying to
outlast the rain, Carol and Rick sheltered under a silver tarp held up by a
long-handled shovel (reminiscent of a Bedouin tent), Lyndsay and Robyn, Greg
and Lisa, and Rob N all took up their umbrellas, although Rob N kept
complaining about his bent shaft.
Sunday morning Greg, Lindsay and Rob N checked out the nearby Guanaba Scout
campground as a potential site for a future CamperTrailers meet. After a
serious inspection and due consideration, much conversation and
deliberation, it passed as a pretty spot and worth a trial next year some
time. Our numbers dwindled a little as Rob N and Carol, Rick and young Owen
left Sunday afternoon, having prior commitments, and Matt and Wendy's
grandson Domenic also went home with his parents later the day. Sunday
afternoon footy was the NRL Grand Final, viewed again from Lindsay's TV, and
enjoying a much larger camp audience than the previous day. That night, with
much determination we managed to finishing burning through the hefty piece
of timber we started the previous night, and although it was cooler, there
wasn't any rain.
Monday was pack-up day and people departed at their leisure, with the
farewells taking as long as the packing up.
Generally speaking those with dogs were more active than other campers,
taking them for regular short walks, while the rest of us went about as far
as the toilets and hot showers (plover attacks notwithstanding) and spent
the days socialising, checking out each other's new
vans/gadgets/improvements/gas-fired lights etc. Some also ventured into
Canungra and beyond for short trips, the newspaper and lotto tickets.
Robyn and Lindsay
Rob N - batching while Dianne was enjoying a girls weekend in Tassie
Rick and Carol and Owen
Matt and Wendy and Domenic
Peter and Kaz
Courtenay and Keith and baby Caleb
Chris and Peter - one of their last trips before they take 12 months leave
to travel around Oz - watch out for them on facebook
Bob and Lyn - their first local meeting since attending last year' National
Greg and Lisa
Although we may have had less numbers due to clashing with the annual
National meet at Wellington, we had great company, good (daytime) weather,
and the usual quick wits around camp made the weekend very enjoyable. I'm
sure I've forgotten more than I should have, but this way most of our
reputations remain intact. Just a word of warning - watch out for Robyn's
recording pen at her next hosted meeting.
Thanks to everyone.
Greg and Lisa
from Robyn & Rob N