We popped our campervan cherry...
12.06.2009 - 14.06.2009 14 °C
Friday the 12th of June saw myself and Cal spend our first night in the T-Unit.
We decided to opt for a campsite in order to fill up the water and test out the gas etc. Originally we had intended to travel up to Immervoilin, but they cancelled on us at the last minute and ended up at Gart Campsite on the outskirts of Callandar.
We were eager to get going so we found ourselves a prime spot in the campsite and set about filling up the water tank. This was deemed a success untill we realised we'd left the drainge tape open at the other side of the van. Oops!
Another minor disastor was had when we realised our bucket to catch the grey water was too tall to sit under the van. Oh well, this is what this trip was for!
we successfully managed dinner, a walk round the campsite, a few games of cards and setting up the bed! On our walk round we discovered we were by far the youngest folk there (unaccompanied by a guardian) and had the oldest van! Least the T-Unit has character...
After a good nights sleep (or a slightly chilly evening for cal who was convinced we'd be too warm...) we were well rested for another days adventure!
We had to set off by 11am on Saturday morning so we got up, had showers, did a few minor tidying up bits (like emptying the chemical toilet...an essential task that is NEVER discussed) we headed into Callandar for a pub lunch while we waiting on our Friends joining us for a second night WILD camping!
We set off from Callandar in our 4 car entourage. Needless to say we were trailing behind, the boy racers forget we're maxing at 60! I was driving on Saturday, as Cal drove up on Friday. Boy did I pick the short straw, it was all fine untill we got to the single track round that follows the edge of the Loch round to Balquhidder. Its enough driving along it once, but by the fourth time along the track I was getting annoyed! It was testing my patience, trying to find a campsite EVERYONE thought was suitable. Well we eventually got a nice spot on the edge of the loch, with enough space to park the cars and vans.
We set about making a campfire, and pitching ourselves beside the water to escape the dreaded midgie. We suffered a bit of a rain outbreak...but we escaped to the van for some dry time while the rest snuggled in their tents. Cruel...but we didn't pay all this money for a van to get wet!
When the rain went off, we got the campfire going and had some dinner. The rest of the night was spent enjoying the view and laughing with friends. We headed to bed around 1am.
After drunkenly setting the bed up, we quickly fell asleep. I woke at around 5am to discover an ambulance parked next to us! We soon discovered one of the girls had broken her leg on her way back to the tent at around 2am. She's ok now, but there was much drama on the campsite...all of which we missed cause we were asleep in the van!
We got up around 10am, cleared up the campsite (while dodging the midges) and headed back to Callandar for some lunch.
The morning had stayed dry, and it wasn't untill we headed back to the van that the rain came on. ideal for our broken wipers! it was fine in light rain, but we HAD to stop when the hailstones came pelting down!
We made it home in one piece, and all in all - it was a successful first trip for the T-unit, Cal and Laura