Ever since our first camping adventure on ‘love island’ we have been itching to do it again; plus I worked out that we needed to do two nights camping in our tent in order for us to get our monies worth out of the tent!
The weather forecast here has been really weird and completely wrong…at one point there were thunderstorms forecasted for the next 5 days; we didn’t get one.
Being the sensible parents we are, we ignored the thundering weather forecast and went camping anyway, although instead of going back to Kouri Island we ventured to a new spot on the East side of the island which our friends told us about.
The spot was fantastic; it has a designated camping area on grass, which Eden was very pleased about knowing that the waves wouldn’t reach our tent, picnic tables for each camp spot, toilets & even showers (although the mens shower didn’t work, we didn’t bother trying the female one).
Not only that, the beach is right there, it has the perfect mix of sand and rocks/coral/sea glass which our little treasure hunters loved, it’s free and the best part….its gorgeous!
When we arrived there were already a group of campers set up down one end, they only had 1 tent but there were probably about 30 of them altogether. I later worked out that many slept in their cars or even on the beach! Anyway we set up camp the opposite end so not to disturb them!
After Matt and his two assistants put the tent up we headed straight for the beach to swim and explore; Clio has this habit of finding the biggest (and often sharpest) pieces of sea glass for Matt to collect!
We threw together a quick dinner of pasta salad, watermelon & sandwiches and then Eden, who was on clean-up duty, did all the dishes, with no complaints I might add.
A few rounds of ‘find the unicorn shell’ later and we were ready to devour the essential camping dessert…s’mores.
As the sun was setting the girls entertained themselves by watching hermit crabs, something they could have done for hours had we let them.
Just as we were getting ready for bed the other campers invited us to their campfire which they were yet to start, we politely said ‘we’ll see’ but as soon as we jumped in the tent we realized there was no chance of the girls going to sleep anytime soon…IT.WAS.SO.HOT.
Matt took the girls down to the campfire while I tried to catch some z’s! At 10 they returned and the tent was no cooler! It took ages for us to all get to sleep and when we finally did it was definitely a night of unbroken sleep. Clio was miserably hot, made even hotter by the fact she refused to take her dress off (she had pajamas on and then changed back into a dress).
At 4.30am she was done, completely dripping in sweat she decided sleeping was overrated and I really didn’t blame her. Shortly after Eden joined us and then a little after that Matt.
We all got to watch the beautiful sunrise as well as the hundreds of crabs scurrying back to their homes.
A pancake breakfast fueled us for packing up and then of course more beach time. All this and it wasn’t even 9am!
What I love about our camping trips is that we are learning with each one; products we need/don’t, meals that we like/don’t and despite the low of a terrible nights sleep we have so many more high moments.
We already have our next trip planned, although this time we are going for more than 1 night… Wish us luck!