Mar 5, 2012

Camping at Riverwood Downs

We went camping in January with some newfound friends. Before the trip, I wondered if we would survive without the phone, electronic games, tv, and household 'luxuries' for 4 days. At the end of 4 days, our only question was: "when is our next trip?"

I have never felt so relaxed. My friend said that it was because of the vastness of it all - our problems just seem insignificant. I think it's more what my brother said - that we were designed to live like this, amongst nature, and the modern lifestyle just gets in the way. Before we went, Hubs and I were battling sniffles and a cough every morning. When we were there, we didn't have it at all. We only realised it was missing when we had the sniffles again on the first morning we were back.

I found myself trying to distill the peace. I think it comes through a juxtaposition of opposites.

It was losing a sense of self and finding one's identity at the same time.

It was doing without, and yet having all that you need.

It was having nothing to do - no landmarks to visit, no itinerary to keep to - and having everything to do.

I read this piece in New York Times that explains the joy of quiet, and I think the key to the peace was, to paraphrase: "Since luxury, as any economist will tell you, is a function of scarcity...(we) will crave nothing more than freedom, if only for a short while, from all the blinking machines, streaming videos and scrolling headlines that leave (us) feeling empty and too full all at once. "

Where is it written, "Be still and know, that I am God"?

I actually took very few photos, an anomaly for me. There are splendid views all around but most of the time I was too preoccupied just being - instead of doing - and I let the best lens that has ever been invented do the imaging. Unfortunately I can't produce photos for you. Which is a pity because the views driving through Barrington Tops into the campsite was simply awe inspiring - a bright blue sky, against beautifully manicured rolling hills of greens. I found a pix of those greens here. (they look exactly like those labelled Road to Gloucester Tops)

The campsite is actually very modern, with toilet and showers, and even a convenience store nearby. Yes, we weren't really roughing it by camping standards :) It's called glamping, we were told.

There is a river just next to our campsite. The kids spent a lot of time in the waters, floating down mini rapids, and canoeing.

riverwood downs

When I lay on a waterbed and floating down river, it suddenly occured to me where lazy rivers in water theme parks get their idea from. It's much more relaxing in the wild, and not having to fight through throngs of visitors, but then again, once you float down river, you have to manually make your way back up!

The kids went horseback riding on Sunday. The adults ate, read books, and chatted.We went to a little town. We also biked around the area. That was a toughie for me because the area is hilly! Plus the bikes were borrowed from someone else and because I am short, even the shortest setting was too high for me. I had to do a little jump to get on the seat, and follow on with a quick push to get going.

Cows freely roam the countryside....

cows riverwood downs

This is a farm on the way out. Spot the long-necked horse!

long neck horse

On the way back from town, we made a pitstop at Monkerai bridge, a timber truss bridge built in 1877. It is now closed.

barrington tops monkerai bridge


It crosses the Karuah river...
karuah river NSW

From the bridge, we spotted this cow which had separated from its herd and was panicking a bit. It finally found its way back.




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