25/07/2015 – Pinjarra Caravan Park and Cabins
Get away for the weekend at the Pinjarra Caravan Park & Cabins. A peaceful retreat to enjoy the wonderful wildlife, including the kangaroos that frequent the park’s shady areas. A short weekend away with Action Outdoors Association.
This was a short, fairly lazy weekend away with the only significant activity (for me) being this……Vanessa Paget conducts bush survival and snake awareness presentations and includes planning priorities, fears phobias and myths, water management and procurement, edible/medicinal resources, direction finding with and without compass, avoiding poisoning by toxic vegetables, alternate fire lighting methods.
So…., this is a tripod, on which you build a grass and small twig fire, you only light it when a rescue plane is flying over and it creates a burst of flame due to the updraft, like a flare, so you can be easily seen.
Errr, ‘Now what are we doing with this?’ We all know that space blankets are good for keeping people warm to alleviate hypothermia and shock, but had you thought that it would sparkle in the sun and attract a search party?
And just so you don’t die of thirst while you are waiting for the search plane to circle overhead, you can tie a plastic bag over a branch of leaves and collect the water that transpires. It was queried as to why our group had chosen to tie the bag quite so high off the ground, I never did catch the answer to that – I guess he thought it would be safe from marauding animals!
And can you light a fire using half a make up removing pad and a striker???
Well, Connie can. We all had a go at doing this, not very difficult as long as you have a striker.
Then came the exciting stuff. But only a small python, very friendly chap with a lovely feel to him.
I can see why they make nice pets.
Finally, Saturday evenings activities, dinner at a local hotel and a visit from Santa, not a great photo – you can see I didn’t take it. But what is Christmas in July without Father Christmas! Red cheeks means red wine folks!