Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Roughing it

Who loves camping? Us! We love camping. It's "roughing it", but not really.

When I was in the army my favourite exercises were those out in the field; setting up shelter, digging trenches, radio relay, heating rations on a hexi cooker, and even being on sentry duty. Back then the threat of being sent off to war wasn't real at all, especially for someone with my profile - i.e. female, territorial force signaller, asian, university educated. Believe it or not I actually wanted to be sent on tour when I was regular force for a bit, but, like I said, my profile put me at the bottom of the list. I was just a girl wanting to play soldiers, as far as my commanding officer was concerned, and I guess (to a degree) he was right. I've had many philosophical debates with myself regarding war, the army, and where I come from and what my family has been through. It's complex, multi layered, perhaps paradoxical, but anyway - ANYWAY, I'm not here to talk about the army!

Camping. We love camping! We went camping. A couple of Saturdays ago, after finishing up at work (don't ask) we headed out to Muriwai and set up a tent. It was very cosy.

The beach was right next to us, just over the rise. But first, dinner. No hexi cubes here. We got burgers and fries from the local.

We hid from the wind by eating in the car.

Then we ran over sand dunes.

We kicked sand around as the waves crashed violently before us.

All this happening under the setting sun.

It rained overnight, and early morning, but who cares. We were snug as a bug in a rug - a bug with an umbrella.

After lazily packing up our camp site we went to Maori Bay to see the gannets.

Man, it was one heck of a weekend, and just what I needed to take my mind off things. It was easy, and definitely fun.

1 comment:

Michelle MacWhirter said...

I'd love to hear more about your army life. You are a multi-faceted woman. Quite intriguing!

Kien and Jef always have such huge happy smiles. Looks like a lovely adventure was had by all. And check out Kiens cute butt!


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