PenUltimate Destinations

St Ives Showground

17-28 January, 2012

Well, our holiday was now officially over. Rach had to go back to work on Wednesday, so it was back to Sydney on Tuesday – our destination, Lane Cove River Tourist Park. We checked in and drove down to our allocated site. Unfortunately they had us on a site with a concrete slab, and off the side of the slab was a huge muddy puddle.

It was never going to work! They offered us another option, but again, it was too small and never going to work for a camper trailer. So back up to the office and they were very good about refunding our money… but then we clearly had a problem – somewhere to set up for the next week or so before we could move back in at home!

Our "Home Among the Gum Trees" for the final leg of our trip

We knew that you could camp at St Ives showground, so decided to give that a go (without really having many other options!). It turned out that there was a significant number of people camping there, so it took us a while to find a spot, and the spot we ended up on had a bit of long grass around it. Again, this wasn’t ideal, but it was going to have to do.

So we set up, settled in, and Rach got ready for work. Our first couple of days here the weather wasn’t too bad and I was able to spend some time with the kids at the bike track and enjoy being outside. They even came and cut the grass the first morning we were there! Then the weekend and the rain came, and stayed, for the rest of the time we were there. Fortunately we were dry inside, but the ground under the annexe became a little sodden.

This isn't the ideal view when camping!

By the end of the following week, when we were both back at work and into a routine, we were completely over the rain. So much so that Rach and the kids went down to my parent’s place one night early and left me on my own for Friday night.

Saturday morning was fine enough, so we packed up a mostly dry tent before heading down to my parents place for another couple of nights before we could get back in at home. It was a bit of a strange way to end the trip, the rain getting on our nerves and patience.

We really can’t complain though. For the whole time we were away from Sydney, we had maybe 3 days where there was a reasonable amount of rain during the day. There were storms at night, but rarely did the weather stop us from doing anything.

So now we’ve finished our first ‘big trip’. We’ve learnt lots, and have a burning desire to see more of this great land. But for now, we’re not sure when our next trip will be. I’m sure it won’t be too long!

St Ives showground was our home for 11 nights, which takes our cumulative total now to 99 nights! I wonder where night 100 will be!?!

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