It is nearly one year to the day that we packed up Myrtle the Turtle and headed off west for our big trip.
Our return back to normal lives has been pretty seemless. The kids settled straight back into school like they never left and much too our surprise, both our work places continued to function without our valuable presence (funny that!).
We catch ourselves most days having our thoughts wonder back to some beach, fishing spot or conversation we had while travelling. They are great memories!
We have re-grouped, re-assessed and re-charged our travel batteries and are looking forward to new adventures.
To that end we were lucky to get away over Easter with great friends the Watsons (Doug, Katrina and Tilly) and the Parkers (Alison, Adam and Tom). We decided a local trip to Nangar NP was a suitable location as it was less driving and more relaxing.
Now Easter camping usually means floods, rain, sleet and snow in our experience. A good deal of time was spent reminiscing our previous fateful Easter camping excursions with awful weather the common theme.
This time we were blessed with magic blue skies and not too cool nights. It was the perfect campfire-sitting environment, as well as rum drinking weather!
We had a great time with Jack joining us for the whole weekend. It was lovely having him sitting around the fire chatting about uni, his history studies and contributing to the camp life.
A “proud parenting moment” was Noah accepting a challenge with Dougie that he could start the fire with his old fashioned flint & steel in under 5 minutes. Third strike and 11 sec later the kindling was a flaming glow of red. Noah should have laid some $$ on the line! Mum and dad are so proud of his ability to set things on fire.
It was so nice to get back into Myrtle. It felt so much like home and we laid inside with happy memories flooding back.
We have a few more adventures planned for this year. July sees us head out to The Big Red Bash at Birdsville and October it is “overseas” to Tasmania for a few weeks.
We have decided to keep the blog going if you are interested in continuing to follow the “smiths go west” fun.