Easter down in Paradise Valley is a tradition. This was our first year with the addition: Maggie! She was born 3/3/17 and was too little to be able to go camping. Of course it was possible, but our main concern was the temperature’s overnight. With my parent’s place an hour a way, we decided to drive back and forth. Including the 2 hours 45 from our house, it was all just a bit too much driving.
She had been quite interactive leading up the trip, but she mostly was keen to sleep when she was outside. She would wake up a bit when we got to sale, or in my parent’s caravan. But I am glad we were able to take her on her first trip – she’s going to love camping I’m sure of it.
Snug around the campfire
Road tripping with Claire and my parents today, the plan today was to go to Seaspray and spend the hot day on the beach. The problem was:
– instead of 31 it was about 26, and
– it was about 15 knots blowing straight down the beach.
This made for miserable day so we jumped into the car and headed to Loch Sport. We found a nice secluded spot with our own beach on the lake side – had a great time. The water was only up to my knees for as far as I was willing to walk, but it was fun splashing around. We were sheltered from the wind totally, the same came out and made 26 degrees feel really nice. Great to have such a nice location all to ourselves.
Quick trip to the Blue Pools with my wife. It’s a very deep hole with some great scenery, an excellent place to swim. Came here a bit as a kid, thanks to *shudder* google maps and we took the wrong route and got there a bit later than we wanted. Not a lot of time to swim but it was about 28 so the water was refreshing but not too bad.
Finally the end of Group On!
Claire took us down for a night and it was actually pretty good. Waves was a good place to stay. The dates weren’t convenient as I had exams in a few days, but it was only a night and was a lot of fun.
On the way down we played some mini golf, the next day hit the beach.
The highlight was the Wednesday night, we had planned to go to the brewery for a meal. We went for a walk beforehand, but the beach was just so beautiful that we thought it would be silly to go for a pub. I got a fried rice, Claire got some pasta – we ate watching the water. Definitely the way to go.
Pasta and Rice on the beach
Vising the beach the next day
Brad and the girls (and the other Brad and his girl) was going to Paradise Valley. Although I had university and could not actually camp, I decided to go down for a day trip. It was a very hot day, and it was so great to be able to enjoy the water – I haven’t done so since I was a kid. It was also fun to see the kids play there the same way that I used to.
Camping in the summer seemed like a great idea – though I have to say the wind was fierce at times. Once destroying a tent. Not sure if that is something that occurs in the summer, but that was the only drawback that I could see.
Maddie summoning the courage to jump!