Camping on ‘Love Island’

Matt & I have been talking about going camping for a long time now but constantly put it off because of the kids, well Clio, but this past weekend we finally did it!

the trash all piled up on the entrance to this little hidden beach, our car parked up the top!

the trash all piled up on the entrance to this little hidden beach, our car parked up the top!

Our plan was to leave after Clio’s nap time thinking that if she had a good nap then it would make the experience a lot easier on us all. However, when we woke Saturday morning Matt & I were both too excited to wait so we packed up the car, grabbed a quick lunch and made tracks, which actually worked out perfect as both girls ended up napping for most of the drive North.

Clio collecting some treasures

Clio collecting some treasures

It wasn’t until the morning of our camping trip that we decided on where to go. We knew we didn’t want to pay fees at a campground and preferably we wanted somewhere private; after all we had no idea what Clio was going to be like and didn’t want the pressure of having to ensure she was quite throughout the night because of neighbors.

Kouri Island

My friend Laura of Inspiration.Sparks went camping at Kouri Island late last year, so after rereading her blog post and flicking her a couple messages it was decided that we would head there too.

Eden building some mountain

Eden building some mountain

What I didn’t know about Kouri Island is that it is known as “love island” because of its heart shaped rock; I don’t think we could have picked a better place to spend our Valentines evening lol and Eden even found a heart shaped rock which I thought was fitting.

the heart shaped rock Eden found

the heart shaped rock Eden found

As soon as we arrived and walked down to the beach we questioned whether or not we were in the right place and if we should stay; there was so much trash on the beach. We concluded that it simply washed up as opposed to being a dumping ground.

collecting fire wood

collecting fire wood

Eden immediately was in her element exploring, collecting items, building castles and searching for fossils and Clio, despite wearing her fancy dress, was pretty into it all too; especially once the tent was set up!

Kouri Island

The girls helped Matt collect fire wood and Eden was completely amazed when Matt started a fire; in fact I was too!

Kouri Island

Once we were all set up we relaxed to some music, cooked dinner, laughed and generally just had an awesome time hanging out.

Matt and the girls searching for fossils!

Matt and the girls searching for fossils!

Of course no camping trip is complete without s’mores which both girls devoured. This was Clio’s first s’mores experience and she was in love.

Kouri Island

At around 7.30pm once the sun had well and truly set Eden declared it was time for bed, so while Matt sat by the fire letting it die down, the girls and I got ‘comfy’ on the air mattress in the tent.

Clio loved the tent

Clio loved the tent

Then the sugar kicked in and they both spent the next hour laughing their little heads off.

beautiful Okinawa, Matts "I love camping" face

beautiful Okinawa, Matts “I love camping” face

Finally Matt joined us and we managed to get the laughter to stop, of course by this time it was 2.5 hours past Clio’s usual bedtime and she was a bit confused as to why we were all sleeping in the same bed/room.

Kouri Island

Clio then spent the next 45 minutes, laying down, sitting up, kicking Eden in the face, laying sideways, sitting back up, all while asking for “Anna” (from Frozen) and “Panda Bear” neither of which we brought with us.

sister love

sister love

Finally all I could hear were the waves gently crashing and the snores from my 3 loves. Thats when my imagination started going crazy and I would convince myself that I could hear someone, or something, the zipper opening, foot steps etc.

Kouri Island

I am not sure what time I fell asleep but I was woken at 11pm by Eden yelling out “oh man…oh man” as her little sister started kicking her in the face, again.

the bottom photo isn't in focus...I still love it

the bottom photo isn’t in focus…I still love it

We got the girls separated and back off to sleep and thats when the things I was imagining earlier actually started happening.

Kouri Island

Car doors started opening and shutting, Matt & I both jumped up and looked at each other. Our first thought was that our car was being stolen.

once Clio found the marshmallows she didnt let the bag out of her sight!

once Clio found the marshmallows she didnt let the bag out of her sight!

Moments later we saw flashlights heading towards the tent, eek, I was scared!

S'mores

S’mores

Matt yelled out, but no one answered!

Kouri Island

He unzipped the tent just as two men walked past and greeted him with “kon’banwa” (good evening).

My imagination started going crazy again wondering how this was going to play out.

sunrise with the fishermen still fishing!

sunrise with the fishermen still fishing!

As it turned out they were fishermen! When we woke at 7am the next day they were still there perched on the rock.

the next morning!

the next morning!

Matt started the fire again, we ate some pop tarts and the girls did a little more exploring while we packed up.

Kouri Island

Despite our midnight visitors & Clio taking a little longer to go to sleep than I would ideally have liked, we all agreed it was so much fun, in fact, before we had even got out of our sleeping bags that morning Eden asked if we could stay a second night!

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18 responses to “Camping on ‘Love Island’

    • Haha we are all eager to go again, although we will definitely do a couple things different (bring a toy for clio for starters)

  1. What an adventure! Some of my best memories from childhood are from camping trips. I would have been just as scared about the fishermen as you were! haha!

    A group of us went camping a few weeks ago and Mark brought the 1-man tent instead of the two. Needless to say, it was a bit cramped with two 6-footers and a puppy. Haha!

    • Oh my Kassie that sounds miserable! Youll have to let me know some of your favorite spots we are itching to go again!

    • Okinawa is just so beautiful and has so many hidden treasures, we are so lucky to live here! Do you guys like to camp?

    • Yeah i was nervous about taking Clio but i am so glad we did it! My friends took their kids camping all by 2 months old! I wished we had started earlier with clio!

    • yeah we tried to convince her to change her dress before we left but no such luck! Thanks for the awesome directions….I don’t think we would have found it otherwise!

    • You should! I think we will do more of it over the next few months as a way to have adventures while saving money for our bigger trips!

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