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Growing up camping with family and friends

July 3, 2018

Dog Quote: ‘Time spent with a dog is never wasted’

 

Word of the week: Environment; 1) the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates. "survival in an often hostile environment". Synonyms: habitat territory, home. 2) the setting or conditions in which a particular activity is carried on. “a good learning environment.” Synonyms: situation, setting, background, scene.

 

I have a lot of great memories linked to camping with family and friends. As we were very much middle class suburban kids the freedom of running around in the outdoors at the beach or in the countryside was invigorating. I really had no concept of holidaying in apartments and hotels nor did I care about four walls and running water, my parents were obviously very organised because I never felt like I was missing out on lives comforts.

We would at Maroochydore, Tweed Heads, Little Yabba, Stradbroke, Jimboomba basically anywhere in South East Qld. Up at a sparrows fart and down after a game of UNO by torch light. The days filled with activities like shell collecting, bush walking, swimming, spotlight and the excitement of the milk truck coming around with cartons of yummy fresh chocolate milk.

 

These adventures were shared with Mum and Dads' friends and their children. I was generally the youngest amongest them and thankfully rarely ever left out of any fun activities and shinanigins. Someone would always bring a battery operated radio with a tape player so we could listen music, sing and dance along to remedy any kind of boredom. This would often bring about lots of laughter as we’d show off dance moves in the middle of the caravan park without a care, other campers would see this and become the audience or join in for a laugh too. In the summer of ‘89’ the song ‘Don’t Worry be Happy’ by Bobby Mcferrin was No. 1 on the radio I remember it was on repeat while we camped at Tweed Heads. During that Summer we would go to the Coolengatta Tweed Heads Golf Club and play Bingo, watch live shows and eat huge impressive meals for lunch that allowed us chance to have an afternoon siesta in the sun because we were so full.

Back then we would rely on our lovely nieghbours and grandparents to mind our animals while gallavented roud the countryside. These days there are plenty of pet friendly caravan parks popping up everywhere and even hotels and B & B’s that let you bring your beloved pooch alond on your holiday so he doesn’t miss out in all the fun. If there was anytihng I could change about our camping fun with family and friends it would the ability to bring along Snoopy, our dog at the time, he would have had such a ball sniffing out new exciting places and meeting new people. When I get the chance to own a special four leged friend I hope to bring him along everywhere I can and take advantage of the all the places that accept pets on holidays!

 

Where would you like to take your pet on a holiday to?

 

Thank you for reading, Join me next time,

 

xox Bec Mc

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