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GIRRAWEEN National Park in the rain

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Or: When the Bureau of Meteorology says it ‘might’ rain it probably will!!

Girraween in the rain - Rear view from the Tarago

Girraween in the rain – Rear view from the Tarago

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Bald Rock Creek in minor flood the next morning

Bald Rock Creek in minor flood the next morning

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Camping in the rain at Girraween

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We shouldn’t have – but – we did . . .

We were celebrating our sabbatical

Girraween our place for such rituals

So we put the tent up, set up the camp and fire

And settled in for a quiet night in the bush.

A couple of raindrops signaled what was to come.

As it gradually increased to a steady drizzle

We retreated to the car.

Our Tarago has sheltered and transported us for over 550,000kms

Through droughted landscapes of searing heat and bull dust

In driving rain and along flooded roadsides

Across vast and lonely country roads

The car is our inspiration, our ‘think-tank’ even our camera.

It has dodged kangaroos by travelling at snails pace

Avoided destination fixated drivers and their death defying maneuvers

Now again we are avoiding the soaking rain in the warm and comfort of this legendary vehicle

From the car we planned and prepared our evening meal

Doug tends the fire in the rain

Doug tends the fire in the rain in preparation for the cooking of a roast chicken dinner in a Bedourie Oven

Vicky prepares the spuds and leeks

Vicky prepares the spuds and leeks at the rear of the Tarago

Adding the spuds and leeks to the chicken in the Bedourie Oven

Adding the spuds and leeks to the chicken in the Bedourie Oven – Yep! It’s raining…

Doug started the fire in the rain

A job he has done more than once

And we put our chicken in the Bedourie oven to slowly roast

Added leeks and potatoes a little later

We watched the fire cook from the car

The rain still steadily increasing

Watching the cooking from the driest space - the car

Watching the cooking from the driest space – the Tarago

A camper's roast dinner

A camper’s roast dinner prepared and eaten in the Tarago

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Finally our dinner was ready

A bottle of celebratory Brown Brothers Patricia

In our dry and warm car

Life is pretty good …

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I'm excited - a roast dinner in the rain

We’re excited, a toast (Brown Brothers Bubbly) to the roast dinner – cooked in the rain ….

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Words: Victoria Cooper ….≥≥………Images: Doug Spowart

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  1. Love the ordinariness of everything.

    peteskibreen

    March 1, 2013 at 7:32 pm

  2. You two do it in your own unique Spowart/Cooper style wherever you go. Love it. Wished I was there then we could have done some rain dancing too.

    jan ramsay

    March 6, 2013 at 2:05 am


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