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Coming out of hibernation

Postby David P » Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:16 pm

Stumbled across this site as I was cruising around looking at camping equipment (or "camping porn sites", as my current boss refers to it) - looks to be an excellent site, so I joined.

Having experienced pretty well every type of camping from cowering under a half-shelter in the pouring rain as a cadet at school, through tent camping, caravan camping, VW Kombi camping, camping on boats, camping in cars, and more, I ended up having to put that all on hold once I had kids and discovered that the ex would rather drive an ice pick into her ear than suffer anything less than four star accomodation. Worse, I discovered *I* liked four-star accomodation myself, so it's been a while.

Still, now that the two boys are 13 and 15, it's time to drive a wedge between them and their computers and get them outdoors more. So over the last four months I've been lining up this Christmas holidays. It's been a piece of work. I replaced the company car I drive with a Land Rover Discovery, bought and have been refurbishing a half-cabin Hamilton jet boat suitable for fishing, camping and skiing, procured a fair sized tent and have plans to drag all the camping bedding and accessories out of the little pop-up trailer that has been languishing in the front yard for 10 years, and sort through them to determine what needs replacing or upgrading. My goal is a multi-functional holiday that can be done without delivering *too* much of a shock to the kids' sensitivities - not quite "glamping" (glamour camping), but close.

The proto-plan is to do a couple of test runs (if the weather will deliver me even ONE weekend without rain), and then lob into the Big4 caravan site at Nelligen, on the Clyde River near Bateman's Bay on the south coast in the week after Christmas. I'm already receiving static about staying there ("But Dad, we'll be camped so close to so many other people that when THEY wake up, WE'LL have to wake up", and "What do you MEAN there's no electricity?!?) but I know the value of plumbing and hot showers, particularly after a day skiing in salt water, or visiting the beach. They will love me for it in the end. Eventually. Maybe.

If things go well, I intend to become a tad more adventurous - perhaps a 4wd trip into one of the many national parks in the area, or going a bit further afield to see things like Dubbo Zoo, or perhaps even Ularoo. We'll see. In the meantime I'll be sure to come cruise around here for bits of advice and ideas for where to go, and I'll be sure to post pics of the Christmas holiday "epic". Assuming the kids in fact wake up...
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Re: Coming out of hibernation

Postby stevo. » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:24 pm

Welcome to the site David, sounds like it should be good fun. Yeah the kids will probably have a bit of a whinge on the way and may even give you hard time during the event, but i'm sure when you get back they'll be talking about it for ages and will be asking when you're going again. Get them involved in doing a bit of stuff at camp or have a little drive of the boat etc so they feel more involved and you're not taking over everything?

Sounds like a great plan though!
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Re: Coming out of hibernation

Postby seajay » Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:08 pm

Hi David
Sounds like an excellent way to go it does all of us good to get away from the luxuries and just enjoy time together as a family
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Re: Coming out of hibernation

Postby David P » Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:17 am

stevo. wrote:Welcome to the site David, sounds like it should be good fun. Yeah the kids will probably have a bit of a whinge on the way and may even give you hard time during the event, but i'm sure when you get back they'll be talking about it for ages and will be asking when you're going again. Get them involved in doing a bit of stuff at camp or have a little drive of the boat etc so they feel more involved and you're not taking over everything?

Sounds like a great plan though!


Thanks stevo - I was of course exaggerating a tad, and yes driving the boat is a key trump card, even if they aren't currently jumping into my lap with enthusiam about it yet (but that will very likely change once they actually have a go). They're good kids, and the reality is the computers are more of a default activity than anything, and we haven't been to the beach in ages, so I'm confident it's going to be great. :grin:
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Re: Coming out of hibernation

Postby David P » Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:19 am

seajay wrote:Hi David
Sounds like an excellent way to go it does all of us good to get away from the luxuries and just enjoy time together as a family


That's what I'm hoping seajay! I'm just going to make sure we don't leave TOO many luxuries behind until the kids get the idea.... :grin:
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Re: Coming out of hibernation

Postby stevo. » Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:01 pm

If they're in to computers, you could make use of that too, get a GPS reciever (little thing that plugs in to the computer) and get some map software and while you're driving along they can be tracking the route, working the calculations, creating track logs, etc etc , It's doesn't really serve muc purpose, but if you're in to geeky stuff it's good fun :armsup
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Re: Coming out of hibernation

Postby xmasbaby67 » Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:23 pm

:hello: Welcome to the forum David.

Boys that age will be never jumping out of their skin to look excited but the skiing bit will get them in and they will love it. The Big4 at Nelligan will have a games room that they can get their fill of Playstation etc but at 15 I think he will love the fact that he will be surrounded by chicks in bikinis and he will have a great time.

We have three teenagers and they love camping even the nearly 18 yo boy, especially if it involves water skiing.

Good luck with it all and look forward to the pics.

Also get them a car re-charger for their mobiles & Ipods so when the other kids are up early trying to wake them up they can plug in and go back to sleep......that being said our son can sleep through just about ANYTHING!!!!! so I doubt wether your boys will be any different.
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Re: Coming out of hibernation

Postby David P » Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:10 pm

stevo. wrote:If they're in to computers, you could make use of that too, get a GPS reciever (little thing that plugs in to the computer) and get some map software and while you're driving along they can be tracking the route, working the calculations, creating track logs, etc etc , It's doesn't really serve muc purpose, but if you're in to geeky stuff it's good fun :armsup


Well, strictly speaking, they are more into computer games than computing generally. But I *could* enlist their help deciphering the 498 function depth sounder cum fish finder cum GPS mapping, cum coffee maker, cum Christmas decoration, cum lord knows what other things, that the boat is fitted with - I *think* you can do track logs with it, but my brain froze over on about page 230 of the manual, and I never got to that bit.
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Re: Coming out of hibernation

Postby David P » Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:20 pm

xmasbaby67 wrote::hello: Welcome to the forum David.

Boys that age will be never jumping out of their skin to look excited but the skiing bit will get them in and they will love it. The Big4 at Nelligan will have a games room that they can get their fill of Playstation etc but at 15 I think he will love the fact that he will be surrounded by chicks in bikinis and he will have a great time.

We have three teenagers and they love camping even the nearly 18 yo boy, especially if it involves water skiing.

Good luck with it all and look forward to the pics.

Also get them a car re-charger for their mobiles & Ipods so when the other kids are up early trying to wake them up they can plug in and go back to sleep......that being said our son can sleep through just about ANYTHING!!!!! so I doubt wether your boys will be any different.


As can these two if they put their mind to it - I'm somewhat counting on wearing them out during the day to ensure they sleep well.

And skiing is hopefully going to work out - they've never done it before and when you are first learning face-planting yourself wears off pretty quick - as a backup I'm buying a steerable "towable" thingy that you can just hang on to, and which I wouldn't mind having a go on myself.

I scoped out the caravan park when I was down test running the latest changes to the boat last weekend, and it's a beautiful facility - unusually small number of sites for the amount of space they have, but beautifully maintained. Main thing is that it is right on the river and we can ski to and from the camp itself instead of having to chug off somewhere else.

I can only hope the female scenery will match expectations, but I suppose at 15 the standards won't have crept up too high as yet.... :oP
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Re: Coming out of hibernation

Postby xmasbaby67 » Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:41 pm

They usually pick it up(water skiing) pretty quickly and we have a biscuit (towable thingy you mentioned) they are inflatable and our 3 kids love it as do most people we take out with us. They will have a ball.
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Re: Coming out of hibernation

Postby David P » Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:45 pm

xmasbaby67 wrote:They usually pick it up(water skiing) pretty quickly and we have a biscuit (towable thingy you mentioned) they are inflatable and our 3 kids love it as do most people we take out with us. They will have a ball.


That's the plan!

The towable thingy isn't a traditional biscuit, its more triangular and the rider is supposed to be able to steer it by leaning to one side or another. We'll see how that goes... *visions of kid passing the boat on a really wide slalom*
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Re: Coming out of hibernation

Postby Lin » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:25 am

I enjoyed reading your exxagerations, Dave. :lol:

And I hope you can still get out for a test run, but it doesn't look like this rain is going to ease any time soon! [insert lots of swearing here]
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Re: Coming out of hibernation

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:52 pm

Lin wrote: it doesn't look like this rain is going to ease any time soon! [insert lots of swearing here]


I have to agree re the rain Lin....seems to be at every stop I make and in between as well. Currently sitting in a CP with the heater going...... trying to dry out.

Think I might have to seriously think of heading west and soon.
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Re: Coming out of hibernation

Postby xmasbaby67 » Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:33 pm

Come out here Gypsy it's not raining here today and the only rain predicted here is a little bit on Sat!!!!!

YAY we can start drying out now!!!!!! Well from the rain anyway :beer :beer :beer :beer :beer
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Postby GypsyLady » Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:32 pm

xmasbaby67 wrote:Come out here Gypsy it's not raining here today and the only rain predicted here is a little bit on Sat!!!!!



I was hoping that I might get down as far as you XB.....but it does not look like it will happen. I need to start heading back on sunday in order to get back home in time.....shame as I was looking forward to 'popping in' to see you. Next time....hopefully.
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