Today was the big day. Pack up and drive to Bribie Island for two nights
camping. This was the first time I've attempted camping since moving back to
Australia (and being on my own). I like camping, and Zoe absolutely loves it,
but I've found the idea of trying to do it all on my own a bit daunting, and
it's taken me this long to get around to tackling it.
We managed to get the car packed up and be on the road by about 9:30am. Zoe was
really helpful, and was able to help carry some of the lighter, less bulky
stuff down to the car for me, that that was an unexpected bonus. Everything fit
reasonably well with half of the back seats folded down.
We made good time getting there, and arrived at the caravan park by about
10:45am, but check in wasn't until 1:30pm, so we pottered around, and ended up
back on the calm side of the island and had some lunch in the park there. After
lunch, we caught up with Zoe's Great Aunty Pam for an ice cream before
returning to the caravan park to check in.
We'd just started pegging down the tent when it became apparent that the very
large caravan that was trying to maneuver into the site next to ours wasn't
going to fit, so I offered to do a swap with them before I got any further
invested in our site, so we had to pull up the tent and start over on the site
This was the first time I'd put up this tent, so there was all the attendant
trial and error of putting it up. I've learned all the lessons now, so I'll be
better next time. Zoe was again super helpful, and we were able to put the tent
up together successfully. It was ridiculously hot, and very sweaty work.
After we got the tent up, we went for a swim in the pool to cool off, before I
started on dinner. The first night's dinner was just some spaghetti bolognaise.
I'd pre-made the bolognaise at home and frozen it, so I just had to reheat it
on the stove. The caravan park had a pretty decent camp kitchen, but I was
trying to see how much I could be self-sufficient, so I did all the cooking on
the gas stove I'd brought with me.
I got Zoe to bed a little bit later than normal, but she slept pretty well,
despite the heat. It took me hours to get to sleep, despite being exhausted,
because I found the tent uncomfortably hot. I was really happy with how the set
up day had gone though, and Zoe had an absolute ball. It was totally worth all