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Back camping on the Allyn River for a quick weekend getaway.

After a great weekend away in the city over the long weekend, we were keen for another getaway, and Camp on Allyn is the perfect location for us. Its about an hour away from home (depending on traffic) so that makes it possible to getaway after work on Friday night without arriving at our destination at midnight!

We opted for the quick awning as we were only staying two nights and (hopefully) no rain forecast.

So it wasn’t too long before we were standing around this talking trash.

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Who doesn’t love a good fire. Fire pits are provided for the campsites.

It was a bit of a chilly night and morning so we all had a lovely Saturday morning sleep in before an awesome cook up for breakfast.

Paper Plan Competition

In order to keep the kids occupied we had a paper plane throwing competition, after a somewhat challenging build segment – these things were high tech paper planes let me tell you !

Exploring the River

The kids had been out exploring the river and took us all on a river trip – the river height was heaps higher than our last visit, i was quite surprised how high it actually was.

Watching the kids (and Laurence) try to get those air filled lounges filled was pretty amusing.

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I think the kids are comfy!

I put the drone up again, the view of the camp is pretty cool, next visit i’m going to follow the river.

After a very lazy afternoon, the girls decided to take a walk to the top gate and back before settling down for the night with a yummy roast dinner and fire. The farm is stunning and the walk was just what we needed.

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The farm is just beautiful

Here’s a quick video our weekend …

Until our next adventure, thanks for stopping by.

 

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‘bungles to Brissie – #9 – the last weekend

We woke up to cloudy skies and a little bit of rain. When the rain passed us by we cooked up some breakfast, packed up the camper and started to make our way towards the coast – Woody Point to be specific.

Bells Caravan Park

Having arrived on the coast and located a park we wandered over to the caravan park. We had been calling for most of the morning and hadn’t been able to get anyone on the phone. We had also forgotten it was QLD school holidays, as NSW isn’t on holidays for another couple of weeks so the parks were both looking very full. Thankfully there was someone at the office when we wandered over and there were still a few sites left. We collected the car and trailer and set up on our site at the Bells Caravan Park.

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Bells Caravan Park
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The park is well secured and in a great location
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Leeroy doesn’t like being behind bars – wide open spaces for us !

The park is along the main drag into Clontaff and Woody Point and across the road from Bells Beach. We grabbed a bite to eat for lunch and wandered along the waterfront in front of the park.

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QLD’s Bells Beach
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Looking towards the Jetty
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Looking back to the mainland

We spent the afternoon unpacking and packing the trailer, ready to hand our gear over to our mates, and try to pack the rest of it into the truck for the journey home, then it was time to head to the pub for a sunset drink and dinner.

Dinner at Belvedere

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Sunset along the coast
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Sunset from the boat ramp
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Our gorgeous amazing mates. So good to see them again!

Dinner was at the Belvedere and dinner was pretty delicious.

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Chicken Parmy
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Southern Fried Chicken burger
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Beef ribs

Sunday morning, we finalised the last of the unpacking and packing and rearranging before heading to our mates for the final exchange of gear, a bite to eat and a little bit of exploring of the northern side of the peninsula.

Lunch at Preece’s at the Jetty.

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Grilled Snapper
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Calamari
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Lemon Curd Cheesecake – Gluten Free
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New York baked Cheesecake with Meringue & fresh cream – Gluten Free
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Sticky Date Pudding

After such a scrumptious (and filling) lunch we opted for a bit a walk along the esplanade.

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The ANZAC memorial
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Defence Force Memorial

We then went for a little drive around the new canals and found a pretty darn impressive boat!

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hmm dont think we could even afford the fuel but damn it was nice!

Our last night

Unfortunately, it was time to say our goodbyes and hit the road for our final destination for this trip – Brisbane Gateway Resort, located only a few km’s from the factory for a quick (and early) departure in the morning. The park has all the bells and whistles but my gosh its expensive – $53 per night (powered). That has to be the most we’ve paid for a site and i think that includes Vegas !!

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Our Setup for the night
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Our Site
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Tables outside the camp kitchen
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Camp Kitchen
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Laundry
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Playground and one of the BBQ huts
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Pool
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Tennis Court
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Games/TV Room
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There are a lot of cabins in the park.

With an early start on Monday morning we dropped Leeroy off into the safe hands of the Lifestyle boys before heading home via some family at Tweed Heads and Lismore.

 

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‘Bungles to Brissie – #8 – Glasshouse Mountains

We left Allora and Dalrymple Creek Park behind after spending a bit of time trying to work out where we were going next. We were a little under-prepared for this part of the trip. We need to be in Brisbane on Monday (its Friday) for the trailer to go back to the factory for some repairs and work. We are heading to some mates north of Brisbane for Saturday/Sunday as they have kindly agreed to hold some of our stuff that we need to remove from the trailer whilst its at the factory, but hadn’t anticipated being this efficient in our travels LOL so we essentially now have a day spare and no idea where to go.

After a bit of map searching we opted to head towards the Glass House Mountains. We haven’t been there before and after looking at Wikicamps (if you like to camp and don’t have it seriously go to the App Store pay and download it, its so worth it) the options were somewhat limited and the available options didn’t have glowing recommendations, so we were taking a bit of a punt on a caravan park in the glass house mountains.

We stopped for a stretch break at Esk and headed into the Visitor Centre to grab some info on the mountains – there wasn’t any. This probably should have a been sign.

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Esk Visitor Centre

With the Caravan Park loaded into the GPS we headed towards the mountains and more dark clouds hanging around. We found the caravan park, drove in and essentially drove straight back out. The wikicamp comments were well lets say on point!

Landsborough Pines Caravan Park

So after some more searching, we found a park about 15km up the road at Landsborough, and as it turns out not too far from Australia Zoo. We headed to Landsborough Pines Caravan Park, set up the trailer and decided to try and beat the weather and go for a look see of the mountains.

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Landsborough Pines caravan park

Glasshouse Mountains

We headed down along the Old Gympie Road towards the main Glass House Mountains National Park lookout. These mountains and the surrounding plains are the ancestral home of the Jinibara people and Kabi Kabi people.

According to Jinibara peoples’ lore and custom, Beerwah is the ancestral pregnant mother and Tibrogargan is the father with his faithful dingo, Ngungun, lying at his feet. Around the parents are their children—Coonowrin the eldest, Beerburrum, Coochin, Elimbah, Tibberoowuccum, Miketeebumulgrai, Tunbubudla and the youngest known today as Wild Horse Mountain.

We pulled into a few lookouts along the way.

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Mt Coonowrin, 377m

There are many stories from the indigenous peoples of the land in relation to the mountains however the main story seems to go – Coonowrin is said to be the son of Tibrogargan and Beerwah. During a violent storm, Tibrogargan commanded his son Coonowrin to take his mother Beerwah and his siblings and help them move to safety. Being scared of the storm, Coonowrin instead ran off and when his father found him he hit him on the back of the head, resulting in Coonowrin’s crooked neck. Tibrogargan was so ashamed of his son’s cowardice that to this day he sits with his back to Coonowrin.

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Mt Ngungun, 253m
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Trail Head.

We stopped at the trail head to check out the walks, discovering most are 3km or over. So given the time of day and impending weather walking appeared to be off the list.

From here we headed to the main lookout. The lookout is about 10km from the Glass House Mountains township, in Beerburrum West State Forest and apparently offers panoramic views of the mountain peaks, Caloundra, Maroochydore, Brisbane and Moreton Island, just not today LOL.

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Mt Coonowrin and Mt Ngungun
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Mt Cogee and Mt Tibrogargan
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Mt Cogee, Mt Tibrogargan and Mt Beerburrum

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The Twins – Mount Tunbubudla
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Storm incoming.

With storm on approach we left the lookout and started to make our way back to the park. We stopped at the Tibrogargan trail head carpark to check out the walks.

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Tibrogargan trail head
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Tibrogargan trail head – facilities
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Tibrogargan trail head

With the rain holding out, we opted to quickly head up the Mountain View Lookout trail.

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Junction on the Mountain View lookout trail
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The Twins
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Mt Beerwah and Mt Coonowrin
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Coming back down the trail
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Mt Beerwah
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The Twins – almost disappearing in the storm

With the rain now well and truly coming down we headed back to the camp to dry out the chairs and settle in for the evening.

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’bungles to Brissie – #7 – Crossing the Border

We reluctantly packed up camp at Lemontree Flat and made our way out of Kwiambal National Park with sad faces. The GPS was locked into Stanthorpe meaning we also had to cross the border into QLD.

We opted to cross at the beautiful old township of Texas, making our way over the ranges and whilst the landscape was getting greener and more lush, the sky was getting darker and the temperature was going down.

Stanthorpe

We arrived at Stanthorpe around lunchtime and we almost needed a jersey LOL. We grabbed some information from the Visitor Centre and had lunch by the lovely wetlands right behind the centre.

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The view for lunch at Stanthorpe Visitor Centre
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Looking downstream
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The giant thermometer being built at the Visitor Centre – we’re not sure what that is all about!

After a bite to eat we decided to check out some of the tourist sites around town. Our first site was Quart Pot Creek Rail Bridge, a heritage-listed railway bridge at Quart Pot Creek, locally known as the Red Bridge.

Someone had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction at this point, with the funniest bit being we have no idea how long she’s been walking around like that 😂😂😂

From the bridge we headed up the hill to the Soldiers Memorial, a heritage listed memorial built in 1926 and took the form of a park and rest house located on Foxton’s Hill described at the time by The Queenslander as one of the lonely hills overlooking Stanthorpe.

Going further up the hill we ended up at the Mt Marlay Lookout which has fantastic views across the town to the mountains.

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Where are we!
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Panoramic views from Mt Marlay

Suttons Juice Farm

We were now headed for the beautiful agricultural area of Allora, however we couldn’t resist a stop at Suttons Juice Farm/Factory along the way.

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Inside the little shop/cafe
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Apples every way for sale.
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Oh so tasty Apple Pie – so worth the stop.

Dalrymple Creek Park/Reserve

We arrived into Allora just before sunset, and pulled up at the free overnight camp at Dalrymple Creek Park/Reserve. There’s a little playground for the kids, a big open green space, with a walking track around the park, and a toilet, making it a great little overnight stop.

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Hand carved water trough

In 1948, an allora district farmer Watty Stark, received an unusually rare gift for his birthday. To his surprise his mates Jack Busiko and Bill Blocsidge delivered a 1200 gallon wooden water trough for use in his cattle yard on his ellinthorpe property. The trough, which took two days for the men to construct, was made from a dead bloodwood tree taken from the Pechey State Forest. Due to the size and weight of the trough the men used an army GMC 6×6 truck to transport it to Watty’s property. In 1980, the Stark family sold the property to Don and Margaret Duff who then donated the large trough to the Allora shire council. In 1991 the trough was placed in its current position in dalrymple creek park, allora.

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Our camp for the night.
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’bungles to Brissie – #6 – Kwiambal NP

We left Ezzy’s Crossing and stopped Visitor Centre at Warialda, and the lady there suggested we head to Crank Rock before heading to Kwiambal National Park. I had seen the Cranky Rock pamphlet but given how dry it was we weren’t really expecting to see any water, however the VC lady indicated the water is spring fed so there is usually water there. This changed our minds and off to Cranky Rock we headed.

Cranky Rock

Cranky Rock turn off is About 5km east of Warialda, off the Gwydir Highway, the 3 km sealed road will take you all the way to Cranky Rock where you will find a jumble of giant boulders heaped in the most fantastic positions by a past volcanic upheaval, features include a suspension bridge, a viewing platform and short walking tracks. The facilities include picnic areas, a large shelter with free barbecues, public toilets and a children’s playground. There is a full time caretaker and kiosk on site if want to stay overnight or even longer there is a campground with powered/unpowered sites and hot showers available.

The name Cranky Rock was derived from an old legend which said that an old ‘Cranky Chinaman’ jumped to his death from the highest point of the balancing rocks after being accused of some wrong doing.

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Suspension Bridge selfies.

Cranky Rock is definitely worth a quick or a long stop if you’re out that way.

Kwiambal National Park

Kwiambal NP is located about 30 km from the town of Ashford (about 50km north of Inverell). The Severn River and Macintyre River both flow through and finally converge in the park below the MacIntyre falls.

Gorges, caves and waterholes are only a few of the surprises of Kwiambal National Park. The facilities in the park are brilliant. Each of the areas have covered seated areas, toilets and other than the cave there are free BBQs again undercover. The campgrounds have free firewood (when its available) and Lemontree had a small covered basic camp kitchen like area.

This is one of those places you almost don’t want to share its that good, because as soon as you do, y’all are going to want to go there !!!! (And you should it’s brilliant).

Ashford/Limestone Caves

As you first enter the park, you reach the Ashford/Limestone Caves.

From 1916 to 1967, at least 3 of the Ashford Caves were sporadically mined for their phosphate -rich bat droppings (guano) which was used as fertiliser. The current entry to Ashford Main Cave is actually the result of an excavation of 1-2 metres of guano from the cave floor and then tunnelling through the bedrock.

Ashford Main Cave is horizontal in form, allowing easy access for visitors, outside of the summer bat-maternity season. During this period, when thousands of threatened species of bats use the caves as a birthing site, access is limited as disturbance can result in the abandonment and mortality of infant bats.

Ashford Caves occurs on the northern edge of a limestone outcrop, which stretches for 10 kilometres along Limestone Creek.

Once inside the cave you are going to want to have a torch as it gets pretty dark pretty quick! There are a few larger main cavities that you can walk through quite easily however as you go in further the roof level lowers and whilst you could see some had opted for exploring the smaller (ie crawl through) cavities we were happy to stay standing LOL

The walk is really easy, there is a small incline and a few steps when you first leave the parking lot but otherwise its flat and pretty smooth going.

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Gnarly old tree hanging on for its life.

Lemontree Flat Campground

From the cave we made our way to Lemontree Flat Campground, the bigger of the two campgrounds in the park. With the camper up, we had a bite to eat under the shade of the trees and had a bit of a chat to Mr Friendly Skippy who I’m quite sure would have happily let me pat him and hand feed him had i been inclined. It was pretty clear this little guy knew we were a source of food, thankfully the others we saw weren’t quite as comfortable with us and stayed their distance.

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Poser 😂
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Our camp spot

As cute as it is dont feed the animals people, its for their own good and for our own safety in some cases particularly the little ones, even the size of these little guys they could do some serious damage if they were frightened or felt threatened.

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Mr Super friendly Skippy

After a bite to eat we decided to go and check out the other campground before heading to the falls.

Kookabitta Campground

Kookabitta is a smaller campground with about maybe 8 sites. There are tables and firepits, drop toilets and an undercover BBQ area. The view of the river is much clearer and its easier to access than at Lemontree.

From Kookabitta we headed to Macintrye Falls where there are few walks and views of the gorge below.

Macintrye Falls

There are two lookouts at the Falls area.

We headed down the track along the Rock Pool Walk which takes you down to the water hole you can see from the first lookout.

The little waterfall was running when we were there, and i can only imagine how spectacular it would be after rain!

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Macintrye Falls Pano
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MacIntyre Falls selfie – our selfie game is improving. (Somewhat)

We headed back to camp for a nice relaxing afternoon in the shade – well that was the original plan. When we got back to camp i saw the sign for the Dungeon Walk and we decided that we were already in walking mode we may as well keep going.

The Dungeon Walk

The dungeon walk. Hmm. This is one of those funnier after the fact stories. We had downloaded the NSW National Parks app which allows you to download info for offline use, which is great as there is very limited phone service in the park, however we hit a small fault with this walk. There was little info about the walk and a picture showed the walk sign – 1km walk via the Junction Walk. Now Junction Walk track left the campground not far from our campsite, so i thought perfect, a small little lookout walk to end the afternoon.

We jumped on and off the track to check out/try to find the river and look at the flood debris that was around the area.

The track was very well maintained and has markers along the trail so you know where the path is and was free from debris, but beware of the little cactus that jump out of nowhere onto you – those suckers hurt and are a pain to get rid of, i was pulling teeny tiny thorns out of my leg and fingers for quite sometime.

After a little while, we were like this is a very long 1km walk and we aren’t anywhere near a high point for a lookout. We started to doubt this was actually a 1km walk and started to wonder if in fact the lookout was a detour off the Junction Track which was about 7km round trip, which we weren’t looking for at this time of day.

We opted to walk for another 20 mins and if we didn’t see/find anything we would turn around and head back to camp, before sunset. Right on the 20 minutes mark we started to climb and found a pretty awesome view.

The Severn River has huge granite slabs on its edges, some with scars from being ground down under the pressure of flooding water mixed with gravel.

We also managed a little bit of signal to access – yep you guessed Google Maps – which showed where we were on the track and sure enough the Dungeon Lookout was still a good 1km away. Given we’d come this far already we decided to push on.

The Dungeon lookout is a great spot to view the Severn rushing through a deep river gorge with steep granite walls and cascades. This is a relatively easy walk, but keep an eye on the kids as the track contours along the cliff line at some spots. We even saw a few little billy goats. Interesting (or maybe not), as goats are not natural to the park area, NPS have an action plan to rid the park of the wild goats by tagging and releasing one goat then tracking it down once it joins an established herd, which means they can capture a bigger herd – a silent assassion goat – cant say we’ve heard of this method before!

As we hit the crest leading out to Dungeon Lookout we were met with a few different signs – no wonder we are confused lol.

The view from the lookout is pretty impressive and well worth the walk.

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Dungeon Lookout – Severn River
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Pothole like rocks

With sunset looming, we decided to just backtrack the way we had come up and head back to camp.

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Almost back to camp

 

We arrived back at camp just before sunset and in time to get the fire stoked up – our first one for this trip, so Tash was a happy camper.

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Tash was happy we finally got a fire.