It is amazing what you take for granted when you have been going camping or hiking for over 40 years. GULP, yes, it has been that long. With Sue exploring the centre of Australia on a school trip, Frank grabbed a window of opportunity and invited a mate of his, Jade, on a two night base camping trip to Lake Elizabeth.
This pretty spot is about one hour drive from Geelong (our home town) and in the Great Otway National Park near a small town called Forrest. With about 20 “bush” (this means not clearly defined or marked off) campsites, open fireplaces and a great toilet block it is an ideal getaway and base camp location. It was a perfect spot to introduce Jade to camping, go on a couple of short hikes and enjoy the birds and bush.
Jade really wants to do some multi day hiking trips but lacks the background (she is a city girl) , skills and confidence to step out on her first trip. The idea was to introduce her to camping, some basic hiking gear, getting set up and organised around camp and to take a couple of walks from the base camp. It was a fun couple of nights with lots of drinking (me) and talking (Jade) around the fire each night, a great stroll around Lake Elizabeth and fun just kicking back and enjoying the bush.
Jade is a bit of a “social media guru” and has been heavily involved in launching a new website so it took her a few hours to settle down and get used to not being “connected” (there is NO Optus phone service)
We did have a few funny incidents where I assumed she would know what to do (such as inflating a sleeping mat) We “brainstormed” how to teach others who have never been camping or hiking and decided that videos might be a great way to share this information. We recorded a few , on the spot, and once Frank can work out how to do a couple of edits, the first one will be launched here at Our Hiking Blog!
Check out the video we created: “How to Inflate a Sleeping Mat”
Last time we camped at Lake Elizabeth was as a warm up for a trip to the Overland Track in Tasmania. Many of the group had camped a lot in the past but just needed a hit out with a full backpack and some hill work.
We were very lucky that time to have a close encounter with a very friendly platypus (for which Lake Elizabeth is renowned) – if you want to see the pictures and read about the trip, click here to check it out
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