Once Upon A Time!
A family went camping
for five days and four nights…
every minute of every day and every night
with a car ride.
Past funny roadsigns
and with the kids occupying themselves as kids do
(I couldn't do either of these things as a kid—
the first 'cos it didn't exist, and
the second because I always got way too car sick!)
A place called Caves Beach.
A place Karisma wrote about on her blog
which inspired me
to suggest a week-long camping trip—
thanks so much, Karisma!
We didn't see caves the first day.
Instead we ate
and set up camp amongst the paperbarks.
We finished just in time for sunset
and a swing
and a view of the
moon rising through the gumtrees
And did you know a full moon can make circles like this?
It can! But it gets dizzy after a while… :)
Then a walk
to the nearby lake was in order
to watch the light change to dark over the water
and then the nearby river beckoned too,
where the moon made a path on the water,
straight to us.
Then more swinging had to happen
|(yes, that IS the moon, shining so boldly in the background!)|
seemed just a bit different and more special
there in the night light…
like we were all suspended in time
That was the first day.
On the second day,
we woke to the sound of birds
all around, just beyond the thin skin of our tent
and a few even came to visit.
We said our hellos but didn't stay chatting long,
it was time to meet the beach.
Where we visited
Three was the finest, the most exciting cave of all
because you could only get to it at low tide
and it led out to the ocean
and it was spooky
but thrilling too
and we loved it.
But we weren't brave enough to swim out to the open water.
It seemed just too…
So for a while we were content just looking around,
until we noticed a man with his family
launching himself wildly
off the rocks by the cave
into a pulsing ocean pool below.
We can do that?
Now that was awesome.
The cool thing was,
the water didn't pull you out into the open ocean
and leave you there to your doom
(kind of handy, don't you think?).
Instead it would pull a little, then push. Pull, then push.
And oh, so gently, you'd travel the channel back
and find yourself home again
You'd think we were done and ready to rest, after a day of cave exploration
and lunch overlooking a view like this,
and then more exploring and ocean leaping
but not us.
After showers it was time for a long stroll into town
along the bike track
to find icecream cones.
But could we find a single shop in town that sold scoops of icecream?
I know! Such a tragedy!
We had to make do with Magnums instead.
What a hard life.
Almost dark by now…
and time to walk home to our tent,
and watch the sunset by the lake again,
this time with just my boy.
Ah. It was beautiful.
And that was the second day.
More days to come!