Get Me Back To The Great Outdoors
So it’s been a few weeks now that I’ve been living the luxury life of a real bed, water on tap, and power straight out of a power point.. But as nice as these things are, I really do miss the camping lifestyle. I’ve been getting my fix here and there with my mates, but it’s really made me think about what it is I love about camping..
Here’s a few things that I’ve missed and will be happy when I get back out to sample them all again:
Animal Nature and the Blessed Sights, Scents and Sounds:
As much as I try to have a sleep in, it really doesn’t work. And why bother when each morning I have the joy to wake up to hear the birds doing their sympathy (and even better an hour later when they’ve gone all chilled and I can sleep for a little while longer, lazy, maybe!!). It’s fun to listen to them chattering in the tree tops while they’re having their feed. It’s like a crazy conversation, a great gossip session, or just some mates hanging out.
I love watching the kangaroos/ wallabies/ cows and all the others, calmly grazing just meters from my tent, not bothered by me in the slightest. Chance encounters like a Cassowary passing by, or a Monitor Lizard coming to inspect my goods. And don’t forget those magic creatures of the night like the super shiny green tree frog hanging out in the local loo, or the barking owl calling out to his mates. The friendly possums and the talkative fruit bats. So much animal magic to be experienced out in the Nature. No electronic equipment required. Maybe just a camera to capture those memories forever.
Starry, Starry Nights:
On any given night the sky will come alive with the dazzling delights in its twinkling wonderland. Star gazing with the app Skyguide has opened up another world for me. Filled with the constellations and the planets. Pointing out each individual matter. A star here, a galaxy there, the Milky Way splashing across the Southern Sky. The naked eye can see so much but add a telescope, or better still, go hang out at an Observatory and the skies are ablaze. Saturn’s rings are made so clearly visible, constellations within constellations stand out and shine. What IS so far is brought that tiny bit closer. Got to love a clear night sky!!
CAMPFIRES, THE MAGIC OF THE FLAMES..
Nothing beats the good ol’ campfire, or as otherwise know, the Bushman’s Tele. The warmth on a cold night makes you want to just curl up next to it and slumber through until morning. The light on a summers nights hypnotizes you to the dance of the flames. And oh what about the cooking on a campfire. I’m still a novice with just my marshmallows and my damper, but the cook outs these outdoor kitchens can produce is just deliciously spectacular.
The flags are up, the dream catcher in its place. Time to set out my camp design for the next few days. Each time it’s a little bit different. A chance to improve on what I’ve got. Fine tuning my sweet camp set up. Making my home from the patch of dirt that I’ve got 🙂