Over the weekend Jake and I packed up our camping bits and bobs and headed to Lowmead for two nights camping.
After a morning of grocery and camping supply shopping on Friday we had a mini road trip full of plenty of music and laughs until we pulled off the highway onto dirt road en route to Lowmead just outside of Miriam Vale.
After driving past many cows, some very cute calves, and about 15 beaten up old cars, we found a lovely camping spot beside some water. We set up the tents, cooking supplies, and motorbikes before getting started on the fire.
It was absolutely freezing, with the rain picking up in the afternoon, and nearly blowing all of our tents away; luckily we had the fire and oodles of hot Milo to keep us all warm.
The boys set out on the motorbikes, as the rest of us sat around the fire, taking in the sights and getting dinner ready. Jake even took a little (forced) dip in the water.
We got to test out our new camp oven, as we roasted vegetables with rosemary on the hot coals, and drank beer well into the afternoon as it cooked away.
It was so peaceful and beautiful, as we sat beside the fire, looking at the sun set, as we ate, laughed and listened to music all night, toasting marshmallows on dirty twigs we found on the floor.
The next day we were up very early, and Renee, Lisa and I drove into town to fill up the gas bottle – completely worth the 2 hour drive, as we got home to have nice hot showers in the built in shower shed’s that the landowner had built for all the campers that inhabit the area over the weekends and 4wd competitions held annually; such a lovely luxury to be able to shower while you camp. It’s the little things that you take for granted at home; like showering without worrying about generators or gas bottles, being able to boil hot water in seconds and not having to worry about guns shooting through your tent as people drive around pigging at night.
Guns blazing at night aside, it was a beautiful weekend. We went hiking around the river, took naps during the day, drank plenty of cups of tea (and wine and beer), cooked blueberry pancakes on the gas stove and sat around the fire with friends listening to the radio as we got excited about trying out new ways to cook vegetables and meat in the camp oven. I really enjoy camping, and Lowmead was a fantastic spot full of quaint little nooks, beautiful scenery and cool breezes that made sitting around a toasty fire, just that more amazing.