Sea, Sand and Sun WA – Rangers, Councils and Rec’ Areas

Point Louise Freecamp and Rec' Area WA

Point Louise Freecamp and Rec’ Area WA

Point Louise is just north of the Green Head settlement on the coast of WA, 2-3 hrs north of Perth. It is a favourite beach for freecampers travelling north and south along the Indian Ocean Drive, which hugs the coast as it meanders through the beautiful white sand hills. It is a beautiful drive, a beautiful stop and quite popular recreation area even out of season due to its sheltering reef and sandy beach. It is also made more popular by the fact that it is one of the very few campsites publicly available where families can stop-up and rest conveniently for free along the open coastline.   Continue reading

Freecamping – Sunset Side vs Sunrise Side

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We’ve been kicking around the dust in Western Australia now for some months having a simply glorious time. We’ve also been getting involved in stoushes over freecamping vs caravan parks. Why? I do not know as they are as far removed from each other as anything could be but many people do not see this. I have heard and read more than one comment on the comparisons between the eastern and western states when it come to free camps and rest area’s.

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My Love Affair – The Kimberley’s

Jan an NaumWhen I first met The Man at quite a tender age, I fell in love. I knew that this was the man I wanted to marry, the one I wanted to spend my life with. I think part of you, perhaps the part that lives beyond life, knows when you encounter a soul mate and immediately some part of you recognizes them even if you decide not to acknowledge it. Even if they are difficult, demanding or secretive … not that The Man is any of these things … Yet somehow you know you have met a destiny of one kind or another.

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When it’s Time to Take a Holiday – From Freecamping

Wuruma DamWe have been freecamping across two states for several weeks now. The camps have been a delight from Cairns to the Western Australian Border. Those who understand the Outback, who understand the Aussie perchance to tour and explore along the needs travellers have for simple comfort and survival, have ensured that there are rest areas, often well appointed.

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Back Home Amongst the Gum Trees

Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 4.23.58 pmWe are back, returned from our sojourn in the NW Pacific coast of the USA and the Rockies of Canada and it is always nice to be home.

For those first few precious weeks in returning you see things through different eyes. The skies in Aus. are so blue here, the nights so dark with a spray of a million brilliant and familiar stars overhead. The air is so crisp, a welcome and familiar crispness given that it is now mid winter, even if it is similar to the summers of the NW in America.

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Dispersed Camping – Freecamping US Style

Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 9.57.41 pmThe Man and I have hit the Western coastline of the Northern America’s and it couldn’t be more different from the NW central plateau and mountain region. Gone are the Prairie’s and the relative sparsity of the population although the roads are still painfully straight the endless pine trees can still be seen everywhere.

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Oldies at Large – On the Oregon Trail West

reblogging 🙂 wordpress stuffed up the publication somehow … thanks guys

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Climbed out of bed this morning at some hideous hour… if I was back in Aus I could have said I slept in but here on the other side of the world 6am is a hideous hour. I think it has something to do with the sun not setting until 10pm and taking so damn long to sink. Nothing seems to stir beyond 8:30am here so our hour of rising is considered hideous.  

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Camping in the US : Bear Tooth Mountain Pass

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 6.05.19 amYellowstone is an experience like none other, but for a diversion The Man and I took a run outside its limits. We had been told of the incredibly beautiful drive that is the road up over Bear Tooth Pass and the return run back into Yellowstone along the Chief Joseph Trail. God bless those who told us of these excursions.

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Oldies at Large – Indulging in Mountain Life

Screen Shot 2014-06-06 at 7.38.21 amInvolving yourself in the wilds of Mountain Life here in the Rocky Mountains of Canada is to step into the indulgent. While surrounded by some of the most magnificent of landscapes, man in part attempts to convince him and herself that they are in control. They think that they have managed to tame what is wild.

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Oldies at Large – Rocky Mountains High

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 7.00.30 pmI ticked off a few things on my bucket list for the Rockies today and it was a great day. We are camped up in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the Yoho National Park at Monarch campsite. The name comes from an old zinc and lead mine, which also produced paying gold and silver. Where the miners once lived and worked is now the campsite, as with Kicking Horse camp a few steps from Monarch. Continue reading