...was a an experience.
We headed out yesterday lunch time for Nyngan, our first campout with the new trailer since we got it before Christmas. All set for a fun filled, family adventure. We knew, being our first camping adventure that it would be a learning experience. But really? Did we have to learn so so much in just 24 hours?
Lesson 1 – Be sure to pack the gas bottle. I’m sure this seems obvious, especially since they have those nifty little holders on the sides of the trailer but hey, I’m just saying, check that you have that little bottle of ‘dinner’ firmly attached.
Lesson 2 – Always inspect childrens play area, with them well away, by bashing the bananas out of it with a big stick, if a large swarm of wasps DOESN’T come out and bite you and your babies all over, then send them in, it’s SAFE.
Lesson 3 – Ice makes wasp bites better
Lesson 4 – Do not determine your camping spot based purely for shade. Even if the chance of rain is slim to none. Large dips are not good places to be.
Lesson 5- If your can makes a buzzing sound, you are not just being paranoid, there might actually be a Bee in there.
Lesson 6 – If you are camped by a beautiful river, then go swimming first. It just might be awesome and the absolute highlight of your trip!
Now I did add a few more points to my list of things that need to be repacked in a better position for us but these are the biggies that I think might apply to others as much as they applied to us.
I am pretty sure that this is the kind of camping trip that could make or break establishing new family traditions but we (I) am willing to give it another go. But if our second trip is this chaos (and pain) filled then I will swear off camping and be selling off an almost brand new camp trailer.
The dreaded slide that harboured a wasp nest and stung me moments after I took this picture on my back and leg, and then poor Big Brother was stung 3 times on his feet and once on his back. Little brother was screaming and crying too but no bites could be found on him, thankfully.
This was the sting on my back after it happened.
This is the sting today, still very swollen and sore. Man these guys hurt.
And then it rained, who am I kidding, it POURED!
Our nice shaddy spot under a tree, but in a dip.
A good chance for the boys to run and play in the rain and puddles though. Definetly a highlight.
The caravan park are home to a dwarf shetlan pony, many colourful birds and a friendly guinea pig or two.
A lovely swim in the river before a BBQ lunch, then the long drive home.
But I had to show hubby that I had not just become a paranoid worry wort from the swarm of wasps. When my can of drink made a buzzing sound I just had to tip it out into a bottle to show him that there was in fact a bug in my drink. Not just a bug though, a BEE. Like I hadn't been stung enough already.