Monday, March 8, 2010
An overnight camp at the beach!
On the weekend we took the tent and went camping at Urenui beach on the west coast approx. 30kms north of New Plymouth. We went with my daughter and her partner, and their friends.
I haven't been to this particular beach before. It's a typical west coast beach. Black sand that gets extra hot in the heat of the day. Loads of driftwood, most washed up as a result of flooding or storms.
The northern end of the beach was beautiful and sandy, the other end was a mass of stones, very hard to walk over and even harder to scramble over when trying to get out of the pounding surf!
After swimming for several hours, we had worked up quite an appetite. It was lovely to see the younger ones take over the cooking of tea. We had bbq sausages, steak, bacon, kebabs, potatoes, onions, garlic bread and salads. Beautiful!
The early evening was perfect for a spot of fishing. We didn't catch anything, but it was fun trying!
It was also fun to watch the seagulls.
And explore the rocks and pools when the tide went out.
This partial cave is full of water at high tide.
Mmmmm, shame they were all too small to collect and eat!
Looking back toward the beach at low tide. It pays to know your tide times, so you know how much of a window you have between the tide turning. Once it starts to come in again, it comes in mighty quickly. The changing tides can be very dangerous if you forget about them.
The camp ground consisted of lots of caravans, tents, and quite a number of these privately owned baches. They were very odd. It also had a boat club, and a golf club on either side of it. We were too busy swimming to do much else!
A lovely relaxing sunny summer weekend!
Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend too!