Fireside blog posting tonight, but brrrr – starting to get very chilly so might have to move inside soon! It is supposed to drop to 2 degrees tonight – needless to say we have lots of layers on! We are free camping again tonight at Neil Turner Weir on the banks of the Maranoa River just outside Mitchell. There are quite a few other campers here as it is a very scenic spot and campfires are allowed. We would love to put the kayaks in for a paddle in the morning but not sure if we will be brave enough – I don’t fancy taking a dip when it is this cold!
Goondiwindi to Mitchell
We had a fairly late start this morning, not leaving Bungunya until 9.30am, mostly because we didn’t feel like rushing and we did a little more sorting out – each day we are getting things a bit more organised in both the car and camper! However – the kids got filthy playing in the dirt and gravel piles at the free camp which would usually be ok but when it is difficult to wash I’m not sure what to do – on one hand we want them to amuse themselves in the dirt but on the other they are fast running out of warm clean clothes!!! How do any campers manage this on the road??? No showers tonight so the kids are in bed a little bit grubby – oh well!
After checking out the cotton fields on the way, we had a stop for lunch in St George on the banks of the Balonne River – another pretty spot. After umming and aaahing a little over the maps at lunch time we decided to head for Mitchell rather than Cunnamulla and try to get off the major highway for a change. We were rewarded with a very quiet sealed road and lots of wildlife spotting opportunities for the kids! In the two hour drive from St George to Mitchell we came across a lost lamb, a turtle, heaps of Emu’s, heaps of kangaroos, a dead cow, a dead pig, flocks of lorikeets and a herd of goats, oh and a pack of wild dogs!
Ok – getting too cold to write much more – so off to bed for me – the photos can do the talking!
Ooops – nearly forgot – favourite parts of the day;
Lexi – putting the sticks on the fire
Toby – seeing the turtle on the road
Jack – looking out the window on the track we went on and seeing all the things there was to see
Jess – looking out the camper door and watching everybody sitting around the fire waiting while I cooked dinner, very close second was evening picnic on the river
Matt – having dinner by the fire
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