This is a very old photograph, taken with my first digital camera. We went back to Australia after I retired, planning to buy a trimaran. Sadly on the final sea trial, rudder cavitation at higher speeds was observed. A loss of steerage at higher speeds is not fun! So we flew to Perth. After a time in Western AU, we found a caravan rental place that was moving vehicles from their winter Perth-to-Darwin area to summer in Tasmania. We loved that pop-top Mercedes diesel. So we set off across the Nullarbor Desert. Australian Caravan Parks are typically right on the beach and in some sites even have private bathrooms. The best was Glenelg, a charming beach town that is also near a nature reserve. In the Ci, is a trio of kangaroos...nothing short of miraculous given that little Nikon coolpix shutter release was silent, slow and unpredictable; so neither of the images are really sharp
Who cares about sharp, it is the experience that counts. Isn't camping a wonderful way to explore the world? I can see a bottle of wine on your tiny table, even some flowers. All the "ingredients" are in this image that gives me this feeling of a camping adventure, slow food, slow moving, always outside in the nature. We have done the Nullarbor plains and I have camped in Glenelg :-) But we only had a tent which sometimes made me a little jaleous to our motorhome friends when the weather turned bad. One night it was very stormy and it was just the two of us in this spot, one guy in his VW Westfalia and us in the tent. He sat inside with a candle burning while we were fighting the storm outside. In the end he invited us inside and we had a lovely time together talking.
Uff where has the time gone. Time to return to Australia. Thanks for sharing this private moment. It is my TOM choice for so many things.
People in Australia really know how to explore and enjoy the overland life. I have never seen a Mercedes like this here in the US, although the overland is picking up quickly around this country in the last years. Roof top tents were an unknown entity in the US back when I imported mine form South Africa. Many people stopped me in my tracks asking what the big thing on top of my car is. Nowadays no one bothers anymore.
Quite the nice relaxing moment there with roses on the table, wine, porcelain plates and silverware, all bathed in warm light. It must have been quite the luxurious outdoor diner!
plimrn (2019/07/12 17:35:01): I lust for one! Pop-top pushes up with one hand!
this is my preferred luxury than the previous one. haha.
nice image of the kangaroos in movement and excellent details. few days ago a friend of mine was telling he will travel again with friends and family in a motor-home in europe. this sound good, but I never did that. this kind of thing is nice to explore national parks and wild landscapes.
plimrn (2019/07/15 20:55:40): Mine too! It used to be quite nice in the US when one could park almost anywhere, and still is where the caravan parks are in the best spots instead of at the back of beyond as they are here. Most of our ski trips (1-2 months) were done from a sleep aboard vehicle, starting with a ford van and we typically parked very close to the lifts...those days are now gone in the US although Canada still has nearby spaces for such vagabonds. We called ourselves the meanderthals
never thought that a camper van was luxury, but, .... We used to camp in a tent for summer holidays from 1987 to 2003, and get sun, rain, wind,.. and of course a camper van or even now a mobile home are far more comfortable than a cotton tent.
We don't see much of the camper van, but an invitation to taste a bottle of red wine, which is the really luxurious!!!!
plimrn (2019/07/16 20:09:32): It is the private bathroom on the beach that spells luxury to me! Then too I've always appreciated flowers and wine as luxuries, even when I lived on a boat anchored off-shore and we were carrying water in 5 gallon jugs and using kerosene for cooking and lights. My man would not have propane on a boat.