Elephant Cove, Denmark, Western Australia.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Camping Car

I have a SUV, it's automatic, 4 wheel drive but I have never used it as such and I wouldn't know how to if I needed to.  But it's easy to drive and quite roomy.  Plenty roomy enough to sleep in.  If I take the back seat out.  Am I legally allowed to do that?  I will make some calls and find out as that would be the easiest option.  Otherwise I will need to build a box or 2 or a frame with a board on to use with a mattress.  (So I have rung a couple of places and been told "technically, no, but lots of people do"  Could result in being yellow stickered so that plan is out)

What would I need in my Camping Car?  Somewhere to sleep.  Something to cover windows.  An esky.  Screens for the windows so flies and mozzies stay out.  A small stove and plates and that sort of stuff.  A bag of food.

I think at first I would only be gone for a night or 2 so I don't think I'd need a lot.

I will make a list, add to it as I think of things, cross them off as they are done, then go.  How hard can it all be?!

Anyway, I have made a start, husband even helped with a couple of things, I just need to not be too scared to go somewhere.

Time to try again.

It's been a long time since I have been here.  A long time since I went anywhere by myself.  There have been a few trips away with the husband since my Tassie trip with daughter but as you can see...nothing was written down.

I am here now as I am nearly 60 and wanting to try again with the solo camping thing.  We have talked about this year being the year when we make proper effort to go away and explore places.  Only a few days here, a few days there, maybe a week or so every couple of months and a weekend more often.  Well, I'm pretty sure that that is not going to happen.  Husband has said we can, has said he'd get his car set up again...but it hasn't happened yet and probably wont happen any time soon.

This time of year he is busy with work, his car needs a new canopy, frame and canvas, we could use son's "big car" but haven't yet so probably wont...Though we might...

Anyway, if I want to go somewhere I think I need to go by myself.  So with that in mind I have started a list on what I need to do with my car so that I get use that.

I really regret letting the licence on the van lapse, I should have used that while I could.  I don't want to be saying in 3 years time that I could have, should have, didn't.

I have been watching YouTube, so many people are out there doing it, in their car, not fancy campers or motorhomes but normal everyday cars.  And some of them are just like mine.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Lost Information.

What a useless Wannabewanderer I am.   I am going to Tassie again, with husband this time.  Going Feb 2017.  I came here to get some information on where I went last time, back in March 2015...and I haven't put it here.  And I have no idea where my notes, brochures and photos from that trip are.  Like I said, useless!  I will need to find it all. add what we did and where we went and in a few years time do the same with next years visit.  HoHum.

And I am starting to really want to get out and explore again, only WA , only around where I live to start.  But yeah, starting to want it again so will need to get working on actually doing it. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

On our way to Tasmania.

Our trip to Tasmania is over, we have been home for quite a few weeks and I am now trying to remember what happened when...

Ready to leave.
Thursday afternoon (4th March 2015) and we were packed and ready to go.  Too much stuff?   Maybe. 

A friend picked us up and drove us to the Perth where they did a bit of shopping before we went to Analashkia for tea.  I have been here a few times and I really like it.

Here we are waiting for our flight to be called.  We were a couple of hours early but we all agreed that that is better than being a couple of minutes late.

It was close to midnight when our flight left Perth and early morning by the time we arrived in Melbourne.  I slept for a bit on the plane but L waited until she found some floorspace in a corner of our boarding area in Melbourne.
We had a 2 hour stop-over in Melbourne where we read, slept, walked to spend the time.  It was only a short flight from Melbourne to Tasmania but landing there in Hobart airport was a bit different as we had to leave the plane onto the tarmac and it was cold.  Not raining though so the walk across to the terminal wasn't too bad.  I still had a banana in my bag so had to give that and an apple up before we could enter the airport.   We get our cases then had a bit of a walk to the car hire place.  Again it was cold but luckily not raining.   Picking up the van was a bit nerve-racking but once we were in it and on our way it was all OK.  
We asked the Britz woman for directions to some place where we could buy food and were directed to Sorrell so as L was going to be the first driver she gets in the front, I get in the back with the kid and we are off.  Getting to Sorrell was easy and we were soon parked up in a shopping centre carpark, into the shop and food bought.  Hmm, now how do we get to Penguin?  We didn't have a very good map and the few people that we asked didn't seem to know either and the 1 bloke that told us the way was wrong.  We went the way he said though stopping not far out of town for me to drive and L to study the map she had.  She realised we were on the wrong road and it was going to be a long drive but she found a way for us to follow and cut through to get onto the road we should have been on to start with.  When I was nearly falling asleep at the wheel we swapped drivers again.
We stopped at a few places along the way but eventually there was a longer stretch and I woke up as she was driving into Penguin and heading towards the coast. She knew the caravan park was on the coast so that is the way she was heading.  No map or navigator, just her smarts and common sense.  I knew she was driving for more reasons than me falling asleep.
We pulled in and booked in for the week.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Been There, Done That.

Tasmania.  What a lovely place it is.  We have been and done a bit there but intend to go back and do it again.  We missed lots so want to go see them and some of what we did do we want to do again.

I have been home a week now and still haven't finished unpacking.  Still haven't written about it and still haven't got all the photos organised.  I really must make a start on it all.

I plan on getting everything put away properly this weekend and then will work on getting something written down...before I forget it all.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Threes Days To Go, You'd Think I'd Be Ready By Now....

Three day before we leave.  I do not know what bags to take.  What clothes to take.  How much money to take.  I am out tomorrow, out Tuesday, out most of Wed...

I have been housesitting the last 2 nights/days...have jobs here that need doing, people I need to visit, I am dog-sitting until Wed,

Next time I decide to leave the state for a few weeks I hope to be more organised.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

When, Where, Here, There Then Here Again..

It's starting to feel real now, a week before we leave and I now have times that we are leaving, arriving, leaving and getting back again.
Thursday March 5th   Leaves Perth 11.40pm   I don't know what time we will need to get to the airport but presuming earlier than that and maybe even earlier again depending on how we get there from here.

Lands in Melbourne 6.15 am 6th March.  We have a stopover but think we just get to spend a couple of hours in an airport.  Might be interesting.

We then leave Melbourne 7.55am  Friday 6th and land in Hobart an hour or so later. 
Not sure what happens then, we will pick up our camper from somewhere and then ???   I think we need to get to Penguin that same day.
A week in Penguin then 2 weeks exploring a bit more of the island.
We leave Hobart on Friday 27th March, early afternoon and after a short flight we get back to Melbourne where we again spend some time in the airport before flying back to Perth then another 2 hours before we are home.  Me anyway.  The daughter wont get home for another day or so after that.

I find it funny that we will leave Melbourne at 5.05pm, fly for 4 or so hours but it will be only be 6ish when we get to Perth.  Yep, it doesn't take much to please me.