About two weeks ago SO came home with our new Rooftop Tent…yes we are no longer Trailer Trash..we are going to have to rename ourselves…Rooftop Trash !!!!
While admiring the new addition on Monty’s roof SO jokingly announced that we should take it away for a trial run. Some things you just don’t joke about and I flew inside and within minutes had a weekend booked at Bontebok. I then promptly informed SO that he had better get his act together because were off to Bontebok.
Some how or other this is a park that we have not been to...I am not quite sure how that has happened seeing that it is less than 3 hrs drive from Cape Town.
We left at about 13h00 on Friday 11th. We had decided to take the N1 out of Cape Town, head for Worcester then Robertson, Ashton and finally Swellendam.
We found the park easily enough and after a very friendly check-in at reception we arrived at the campsite. Just before entering the camp we both saw what could only have been an otter dashing across the road. We pulled up alongside the bushes that he disappeared into but we did not see it again.
I soon decided that rooftop tenting is the way to go….quite frankly there is nothing for me to do. I can’t reach to help SO with the tent
….I can’t reach to get the table out
…I managed to get the chairs more stuck in Monty than what they were in the first place.
I eventually busied myself by putting the table cloth on the table.
In less than half an hour we were sitting down and enjoying the view.
A room with a view...all for R180.00 a night …a bargain if you ask me.
We decided not to go on a game drive…we had seen bontebok and numerous birds on the way in. We were just happy to sit and admire our new acquisition and discuss where it would take us. I also pondered over the fact that we had spent many years collecting just the right camping equipment to make our lives comfortable while camping. From huge tents and trailers, stretchers, blow up mattresses, gas lights and cookers, numerous tables and chairs, washing up basins, towel racks, fridges and deep freezers…you name it we had it. And here we had just ditched the lot…
We were down to the tent, 1 table, 2 chairs, 1 small light and a portable braai grid and a tiny little gas stove. The fridge is in the back of Monty and my groceries are in a drawer also in the back of Monty.
SO lit the fire and soon our braai was well under way. Again I was very pleased with myself…I had already made the salads at home so it was just a matter of opening the fridge and placing them on the table.
Eventually it was time to negotiate that ladder...all of a sudden my bed looked awfully high in the sky
but I managed to get into it and I am sure after a few more practice runs it will go a lot quicker and I won’t be getting my legs tied up in knots!
One has a wonderful view up there…I spent a good part of the evening watching out for nocturnal creatures but none appeared. Eventually the chirping of the crickets lulled me to sleep.
To be continued…