Well, it was a crazy long drive to get to Briagolong but Birdie and I left after work and pulled into the campsite at aproximately 9.30 pm. Just on daylight savings we were in the black from 6pm easy… not only that but our “regular” site was taken. On down the road only 3 more kilometers we pulled into Johnston’s Flat where we set up our camp, had a few beers and hit the sack. It get’s so cold at night out there, but the days are lovely… sun shining and birds chirping. The birds actually don’t chirp here, they cackle, laugh, scream, and caw. Go now to see all our Camping Trip photos by clicking on the Photo Albums link listed under “Pages” in the sidebar to the left.
Day 2: Thursday
On day two the Gowans showed up and we set up their tent, cooked some great marinated chicken over the fire, wrapped garlic bread in foil and threw that in the fire and relaxed for a few drinks. Blair & Heather showed up in the late afternoon with the kids and we just got settled for the long weekend. Bl-ether and the fam only stopped through for a couple nights but we had a great time playing cards. Blair broke out his guitar and we sang along, and the kids swam in the creek with their dog Charlie. If I remember correctly Dawn kicked our ass in cards and we finally called it a night.
Day 3: Friday
Easter holiday Friday, everyone was off work so the other two couples showed up. First, Mel and Brent showed up and not long after Dawn, Woz and dog Lily arrived. Since it was Good Friday we arranged for a vegetarian meal. It seems to be a tradition for most of my generation’s parents to eat fish on Good Friday. It’s not a religious tradition these days although I believe it must have begun that way. Now it seems that the ones that still live by this, do so because it has just become a ‘traditional’ meal for Good Friday. We were lucky enough to catch a quick glimpse of a monitor lizard (Goanna) crossing through the woods. It was easy in the thinned out woods among burnt trees from last year’s very big fire in the area.
Us girls made up a vegetarian spaghetti and salad and we enjoyed each other’s company – with lots of champagne and cards while the boys had a mini-mosh pit around the fire. After dinner we introduced our Australian friends proper Smores. Hersheys chocolate bars, Graham Crackers and toasted marshmellow sandwiches… yum! Thanks to Heather visiting the USA Food Store during the week we were able to have some good sweet Smores. Things eventually wound down after some good conversations, posing for our group picture, and a lot of good drinks, a few disappeared into their tents.
(Left to right: Dawn & Woz; Lainey, Birdie & dog Lily; Heather, Blair & Sky; and Mel & Rapper MC Brent)
Day 4: Saturday
We started out our morning with Mel’s brekky of fresh fruit and homemade muffins. We had a bit of sluffing around and a few naps around noon. In the early afternoon Bl-eather and the girls had to take off to meet up with their family for Easter.
With the little ones gone, we all sat back and played more cards and games (travel scrabble) and worked on our beef snags for lunch on bread over the fire and after some beer-drinking and enjoying the day.
Some of us got working on our drinking and later in the evening Mel and Brent cooked up some Kebab skewers with Chicken, Artichoke, some Pork with Peppers – and salad for everyone – Yummy! We wound up all playing our new favourite card game “Phase 10” (thanks Kimmy & Chad) together into the night and having a great time catching up with everyone. It was lovely to hear about Dawn & Woz honeymoon and reception in the States. Here are our drunken “couples” photos from our crazy Saturday campout.
Day 5: Sunday
As we got started on a very relaxing day with Dawn’s breakfast bagel scramble – and some hot cross buns. I’d never tried hot cross buns before but they are sweet rolls and toasted almost taste like rasin bread (or sultana bread in Oz). Yummy with butter. Mmmmmmmm. Brent and Rod made a final run to town for ice and us girls continued our game playing starting with Phase 10, then Gin, some Gin & Tonics, then Gin Rummy that went really too late into the night. Too much booze led to an early night and good hangovers the next day… huh Dawn?
Day 6: Monday
I started off our last morning with scrambled eggs, toast, Birdie made bacon over the fire, and finished off with short stacks of blueberry pancakes. Our pack up didn’t take too long but several days of sleeping on a blow-up bed croocked out my back. After the long Easter holiday (Friday and Monday off) it was bumper-to-bumper all the four hour drive home.
Overall it was a good trip. Maybe one day too long for me but we hope to be able to do it again soon. We’re looking forward to making plans to go solo camping in the Cascade ranges near where we live in the next couple months.
Mental Status: In recovery from the five days camping, as relaxing as it seems – it still is a lot of work.
Song: Baby, Its Cold Outside – (1940) Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell (from the original 1940s version Baby, Its Cold Outside by Dinah Shore & Buddy Clark)
Favourite Thing Today: I finally get to do some blogging!
Favourite Thing this Week: Looking forward to finishing my last two weeks of school. What will I do with all my new free time?