'the great outdoors'
Trip Start Sep 02, 2008
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we packed our bags and headed off in our hired brand new honda civic not really knowing what lay in store for us. the mountain pass was iced packed snow covered and as the logging lorries hurtled past i took it steady for once. it was good to see some snowy mountains again and a whole new landscape at camp. it consisted of sage covered rolling hills, dry and desert like land. we had only one thing to occupy our mind and that was survival......consisting of a camp fire, food and drink, this resulted in a total peace of mind. you could say we were crazy, we had no heat in the trailer and we woke to temperatures of -10, our 20 litres of water and towels froze, but under 4 sleeping bags and 2 blankets we managed to sleep well
we had great fires which made us happy, listened to packs of coyotes travel through, a visit from a bear although not seen, deer, the stars and the dark still of the night. so 'bud'......although we didnt have to eat bugs! we qualified for a true outdoor adventure in all other respects. not going camping for a while again at this time of year but really enjoyed the time in and around camp.
over to Em.......
Hang on a minute, my hands have nearly thawed out enough to type! Yes, -10 is, I can confirm, pretty cold! Hilda had ensured that we left with lots of warm clothes, so we were not totally unprepared. The van, site & location were perfect - so remote, such a different type of scenery again and we couldn't turn down the chance of a 'Ray Mears' few days. Matt was fantastic at keeping the fire not only alight but at immense heat too - we really needed it. We had a stove in the van but that was it.
The land is just outside a place called Princeton - we're everyone knows everybody else. We ventured out a few times but mainly we 'existed'
Our friends Chloe & Lee - and the Huskeys!, would have relished the adventure too. I have to say that the 'loo with a view' was amazing! Almost civilised! I'm so thrilled that we 'survived' the adventure with such great team work. It doesn't really get better than being together by a fire, drinking home-made wine and watching the most stunning stars in the sky. Cold you say? - for that moment I didn't notice.