Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Kings Canyon

We stalked the Adams’ family again and headed off to Kings Canyon. The resort at Kings Canyon was amazing. The reception area had the most imposing canvas of the canyon as it’s backdrop. It took your breath away. The resort had lovely grassed areas in between the sites and we were lucky enough to find 2 together, separated by an awesome patch of grass.

We set up camp and the kids went nuts with the grass between their toes.

Richard and Jan turned up and were kind enough to invite us to join them for dinner. We had Spag Bog which was delicious and not just because I didn’t have to cook or do the dishes.

The toilets in the resort had gates on them which you had to lock to keep the Dingo’s out. We didn’t think too much of it until we were putting the kids to bed and a dingo came walking around the dinner table and up to Richard and Jan’s caravan. We shooed it away and quickly cleaned up the scraps so as to not entice it back.

It was a freezing cold night even though the days were magnificent, we briefly sat out side and then decided it was just stupid so headed off to bed.

The next day Jan decided to have a quiet one with Jemima their 1 year old so Neil, Richard and I took the other 6 kids off for the base walk of the canyon. There is a magnificent rim walk that you can do but it is very strenuous and didn’t seem to appealing with 6 little ones.

We took the kids bathers and at the end of the base walk they went for a swim in the stream. It was bloody cold and they didn’t last long but they found great enjoyment in climbing the rocks. I had forgotten how much fun it was to explore the rocks. I used to love going to Kalbarri as a kid and finding crabs etc, it is so lovely to see my children enjoying the same small pleasures.

Richard and Jan’s second oldest, Lydia and I decided to dessert for everyone that night so we cranked up the Cobb Cooker and came up with “Surprise Squares”. Basically we cut a piece of puff pastry into 4 squares and put a dollop of Nutell and 2 marshmellows inside before folding them up and cooking them in the oven. We served them with thickened cream because I refused to pay $15 for 2 ltrs of black and gold icecream!! And they were delicious.

Our time at Kings Canyon was awesome, it was very layed back with the kids spending most of their time riding bikes and scooters. It was very relaxing and good to see Milla Moo on the mend too.

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