So we have just returned (OK, so we came back on Sunday, but it takes time to adjust into real life again!) from camping in the hills of Abersoch in North Wales. We love camping and this has been our third holiday of the year which is amazing.
Let me give you a bit of background as to what got us into camping in the first place. Well, I am a seasoned camper having been in the Girl Guides for many years and I absolutely loved camping and experiencing the great outdoors. Jit on the other hand had never camped. That was until last year when I was planning his birthday surprise and managed to snag a deal on a full set of camping equipment on eBay (seriously, it included absolutely everything from sleeping bags to forks a all for £100!) I planned to grab the kit on the cheap as I have seen and heard so many people buy the full kit and kaboodle and then decide on the first day that camping isn’t for them, so to be sure that I tested Jit’s tolerance out, I went on the cheap.
So after running the equipment from the other side of the city, to my parents house and me returning all in secret, I felt pretty much ready for the trip. All that remained was the meal plan, food prep and the holiday brochure that I made filled with fun things to do in the sunshine and the rain (including maps and postcodes as I know that sat nav can be pretty illusive in some of these places)
Then off we went to Harlech in Gwynedd, North Wales.
Luckily for me, the site was amazing and Jit enjoyed himself (despite being freezing cold and having to deal with heavy rain at times!) so he was happy to stay for the duration and for the last part of two days up in Beaumaris on Anglesey.
So yeah, that’s how camping came into our life and became a new (kind of) obsession for us!
We are now on a new tent, the HiGear Enigma 5 for our main trips (nice and roomy when the wind blows a gale!). Again, our Enigma was purchased on eBay as a factory return saving us a whopping £170 on the rice (definitely worth checking eBay, especially if you have the skills to repair anything that might be up with the tent e.g. ours had a bit of a leaky window due to a miss-stitched seam, but that was solved easily with some sail rip-stop and hasn’t been a problem since) We also got the footprint and canopy as a gift for Christmas last year, so that saved us a pretty penny too.
Side note: I’ll do some reviews for our camping gear once I’m back on track with everything else!
Anyhoo, I am going to be trawling through my photos in the next couple of days or so and will let you know more about our trip once I have some visuals to share with you. It is funny when you come back to the ‘burbs of a city and have to adjust to the new sounds and sihte again. I am planning our bank holiday weekend trips to get us back to the countryside and out for some good wholesome walking.
What are you planning for the weekend? I’d love to hear your ideas and recommendations – I LOVE to collect places to visit!
Whatever you’re up to, have a good one!