Miz Lizzie Adventures: Wagons roll…

Our time on the Tablelands has drawn to a close, sadly.

It was a wet night, and we rejoiced at being warm and dry, and most of all, at not having a huge bundle of wet tent to take down, clean off, fold, roll and pack – and then air out at the other end. Coffee, showers, breakfast, and then stowing everything securely, taking down the pop-top, detaching all the lines, hooking her up to the car, and away we go. We’re learning to work together at the process, so it goes more quickly each time we have to do it. Rain all the way down (but it IS the Wet season, so to be expected), and because it’s mid-week, traffic not too heavy. We are in Townsville tonight.

sea-eagle-nestThe trip was remarkable only for being very, very wet, and one other thing. We saw a sea-eagle’s nest right beside the road, and were fortunately able to stop in time to take a photo without causing a pile-up. The nest is about a metre across, a dense but fairly informal construction, more of a platform, really. You can see more about the Australian White-Bellied Sea Eagle here. They’re big, impressive birds; sadly we weren’t quick enough to capture that with the camera too….

We’re waiting to hear from some friends about the possibility of getting together for a meal tonight. Keeping one eye on the skies, I might add, which are interestingly half blue and half black. And then tomorrow, it’s packing up again, and on the road for home.

This short break has gone fast, too fast. Something I rarely say about wet camping trips in a tent!


32 thoughts on “Miz Lizzie Adventures: Wagons roll…

  1. tialys says:

    That looks like a giant purple gilled mushroom up in that tree!
    I see you’re coming round to my way of thinking about camping in tents now that you’ve had a bit more luxury 😉

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    Enjoy your last day. That nest is incredible.

  3. I was going to say, it’s not purple from where I’m sitting…. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      It was, but now it’s simply a bit flared and in rather poor resolution. I don’t know what happened to it, my poor photo, but at least there are no hallucinatory magic mushroom effects!

  4. dayphoto says:

    No more wet trips in a tent for you!!! YAY! Love that nest!

    • katechiconi says:

      I woke in the night to hear rain drumming on the roof, and instead of my heart sinking, I smiled and turned over and went back to sleep… The worst hazard will be muddy feet, nothing a mop can’t handle.

  5. claire93 says:

    this was only the first of many adventures you will have together.

    • katechiconi says:

      You’re absolutely right. And it was easy, and comfortable, and we’re beginning to get the setting up and breaking down process set in our minds so we don’t have to consult a checklist each time!

  6. knitnkwilt says:

    Sounds like a great trip. Your comment about the rainy season reminds me of a time I had planned to visit my daughter and she wanted to know what I wanted to do. When I said visit Olympia Rain Forest national Park, she replied, You do know it will be raining!

    We had one day of wet hiking and one moderately dry. And a day of fog that ended us up in a lavender festival.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think so long as you relax and accept the fact that rain is inevitable, you can have just as good fun as you can in the dry – and any episodes of sunshine are a bonus!

  7. anne54 says:

    I smiled to myself when you wrote ‘We’re learning to work together at the process’. One of the things I love about the van over the tent is that it is smoother to put up and down. Far fewer opportunities for misunderstandings/frustrations/impatience to arise!

    • katechiconi says:

      We’re also developing our ‘own jobs’. I seem to have got put in charge of hoses and power and the stabiliser legs. But that’s fine, so long as no-one’s asking me to reverse the van!

  8. Glad you are enjoying yourself.

  9. It was a successful trip if you are reluctant for it to end. That is one huge nest! Hope the weather is kind the rest of the way.

  10. kathyreeves says:

    Your trip has sounded wonderful! Love the eagle nest. We have a few bald eagles here for the winter, though they aren’t to spot. I saw one the other day swooping down the creek…even from a block away it looks pretty terrifying, especially for the fish!

    • katechiconi says:

      We don’t have many eagles, but there are millions of Black Kites in this country, large and fearless and about half eagle size. They do a good job keeping small vermin down, but they sadly also take the chicks of ground nesting birds…

  11. rutigt says:

    Welcome home and I can see you were having a wonderful trip! Inspite the rain 🙂

  12. Lynda says:

    Vacations are always too short, but just think about it, you had such a good time.

    • katechiconi says:

      It was extremely satisfying, we had the comfort and familiarity of a little home, and at the same time, freedom to drive around and enjoy the beauties of our surroundings. We came home at the end of the day, and Miz Lizzie welcomed us with open arms, a stocked fridge and comfortable beds.

  13. As much as I love camping, like most of us, I do not like wet camping! How lovely to stay nice and dry, a great inaugural trip for the Lizzie!

    • katechiconi says:

      It was a great trip and we are impatient for the next one, but sadly have to wait till May. Still, when we do go, we’ll be spending a week at Nambucca Heads, hurrah 🙂

  14. What bliss to be warm and dry in the rain. Thank Lizzie!

    My husband and I went tenting a grand total of one time,not long after we were married. We arrived at our destination late, were quite proud of ourselves for setting up the tent in the dark in a lovely secluded area. A thunderstorm woke us before dawn. We discovered a river was beginning to run through our tent. It seems we set it up very close to what we realized, to our sodden chagrin, a dry stream bed. By the time we got our collapsing tent into the trunk it and we were wet and muddy. We laughed ourselves silly but never slept on the ground again.

    • katechiconi says:

      We’ve all done it… I’m particularly averse to the drops of water spattering on my sleeping face as the rain works it way through the stitching that attaches zips or guy rope anchor points. This time, I woke up and smiled as I realised we didn’t even need to take down a tent, deflate a mattress or stuff things into rucksacks or containers. Stow the loose stuff, take down and secure the pop-top, disconnect the various services, and away you go. Bliss!

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