I'm back!! camping was great, I mean all holidays have their ups and downs but overall it was good. I probably wouldn't want to do it more than once a year though. In the end we only ended up 'camping' (in a tent) for three nights becuase it was raining on and off continiously at Coffs Harbour and dad didn't want to unpack/ repack in the wet; the cabin we stayed in was fairly good though. Well we went sea kyaking on the first day at Coffs - fairly tiring and quite scary but it was another experience I can say I'v had - then just mulled around, saw a movie and shopped a bit until we left and went to Girraween.
It took us a lot longer to unpack then I thought it would, it must have been about three hours, becuase we just took so much stuff! One thing I must rave about, however, which really doesn't need my praise or reccomendation becuase everyone takes them, is our gass stove!!! It's wonderful! I have decided that I LOVE cooking on gass and I wan't one at home! Everything cooks so much more quickly and the temperature is really easy to change and controll.
Anyway, we saw Turtle Rock, a bit of an anticlimax really, and the sphynx, a rock formation which looks nothing what so ever like a sphynx. We also climbed the first pyramid, where I had a near death experience - except not quite so dramatic. There was a steaper than usual bit where the track went around the back with a sheer drop beneath. I swear if it wasn't for a man of about 50ish, a quite experienced climber, who happened to be close by, I would have fell.
The highlight of the trip was probably the shopping because we went to 10 or so op shops (I love op shops) and I bought:
some clogs (the wooden dutch ones - from the clog barn: the most exciting place in NSW)
a woven wicker christmas cane thingy (decoritave)
a woven wicker christmas wreath
4 w w baskets
a wooden book display shelf thingy
a porclean decorated jar thingy and a porclean decorated bell (also from the clog barn)
a butter/ shortbread mold/ press with grapes and leaves on it
a beautiful framed painting of an old fashioned town
an old decorated glass jar thingy
a glass tealight holder (or somthing old and glass that I think would make a good candle holder)
and some 10c wooden chop sticks
doesn't that sound like it would be the highlight of any trip?
p.s. I missed a lot of people a bit and a few people a lot