My lovely friend Lynette http://www.followingourhearts.com had recently blogged about staying at a free camp just outside Kalgoorlie called Lake Douglas and so that became our next destination.

Kalgoorlie is a town that is well set up for travellers, well signposted parking areas and dump points and tell me, who can resist those automated toilets that play music while you go about your business? So after a visit to the local Woolies we made the long 12km journey out to the Lake.

Now, I don’t know about you but when I pull into somewhere I haven’t been before I like to get out and do a walk around and establish where we might park up……not my husband though! “She’ll be right” and off down a fairly dodgy looking track we go until we reach that point where you realise that you have to go back out the way you came (at least to appease your panicking wife).

There’s nothing like watching your car and van moving sideways to really get the heart rate up. So after digging a new channel for the lake with our back wheel we entered a lovely parking area accessed by an equally lovely track (which we probably would have found on the reccie walk).  

Trust me, the photo doesn’t actually do the experience justice.

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On our first night we were joined by a couple in a campervan and another couple in a Walkabout van – can I just say that during the design process of our van build it never once occurred to me that I may need a place to cook crabs….thankfully the people at Walkabout include a very large hydraulic powered drop down gas ring on the side of the van for just such a situation. Jokes aside, it was a clever van and B and I got a few good ideas for the next build we are going to do – I know, I know, but never say never I guess.

It goes without saying that we organised a campfire asap – and this time we had marshmallows. The kids knew exactly how many marshmallows they had to space out over 4 days (Little even had them on the table in lovely piles….and then he still ate them all in one night!)

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What is it about free camping that just enables people from all different walks of life to come together without putting up any facade?

We met some amazing people at this free camp who shared their stories, their skills and their meals with us. There was Al and Rosie, Al has been blind since his teens and was on his way to a ten pin bowling championship but during our couple of days together he and Rosie taught the kids to read braille, introduced us to talking computers and audio movies!

There was Brendon & Libby and their kids who were an absolute godsend. I haven’t laughed that hard in a while and will never look at the driver acknowledgement wave in the same way ever again. Thankyou also for teaching us that yabbies don’t actually eat the bait that people put into the pots but are instead just trying to clean up their environment.

Then there were the Bushtracker Prospectors who have now given B’s life a new direction and inspired Sista to rekindle her relationship with crochet.

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We could have actually stayed here for longer but our water tanks were empty and we really needed a shower, so it was time to get moving again.

 

 

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