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The Great WPC Aussie Camp Oven Cook Up 2017 trip report

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Offline BigCol

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The Great WPC Aussie Camp Oven Cook Up 2017 trip report
« on: 22 August, 2017, 11:57:04 AM »
well now, just where does one start
oh, at the beginning you say..........................

Lorraine, Katherine and myself set off on Thursday morning about 10am to head up to Toodyay Caravan Park & Chaletes
- why so early you may ask?, well, there is camping to be done and the sooner the betterer

so anyway
we arrived and proceeded to set up camp in "Wandoo" one of several camp areas we had "booked" for usage,
after my usual "ginning" around, finally got everything setup and sorted

a little while later - not sure on exact time as :-
1) dont wear a watch
2) camping - who cares what the time is
3) the Sun was shinning, so it was day time

Ropes and Tracey arrived and proceeded to set up their Camper / Trailer / Taj MaRopes
I was quickly drawn to how much different they have evolved over the years since I last had a camper trailer
DANG what a piece of kit
anywho, after they had setup camp, we sat around for a bit to decide the plan of attack on this Camping thingy
first priority - we needed wood for the fire, as the load for the cookup was not arriving until the next day
silly me went and brought a bag of fire wood from the Park ($18 for 8 pieces of wood - supposedly it was 20kgs........)
I also picked up a heap of branches laying on the ground for added measure
once back at camp, out with the trusty Makita 18V rechargeable chain saw
to the derision of Ropes, who said it didnt sound like a real chain saw - but it cut up the bits we needed, so I was not too fazed by his rude comments about it.
after the fire was lit, and the sun was going down, we sat around for awhile to soak up the "ambience" of being in the semi bush setting of the park, and natter about the little important things in life.

in the morning it was the usual "getting ones act together"
some time "mid" morning, Budds made his appearance, and proceeded to setup "Hotel Budds"
a little while later, and the fire wood appeared near on lunchtime (as promised) so a "communal" wood chucking was commenced.
a little while later, and Budds mate Jason arrived and then setup
then BillSTS and his lovely wife Lisa arrived in the late evening
even later still arriving was Tim & Sara (was dark when they arrived, and they chose to be in the "Heights"  section with their 30 second tent (that took  half an hour)

so a lazy evening was had around the fire, contemplating our navels as well as yabbering about the next day, and listening to Budds, Ropes and JJ reliving their past glories in the Senior Service (Navy)

Saturday erupted with rain from about 3.30am - and it was quite heavy for awhile,
Bill was quickly out with a shovel, to try and do some earthworks around Ropes setup, as the river was flowing through there
but seemed to slow down by about 8.00am when everyone was slowly dragging themselves out of bed and towards their morning coffee's
the fire was re-lit, and talk was about Ropes bringing the rain, as he now owned the Gold Patrol the "RainGod Patrol"

various people did various things during the course of the day - which I dont remember much about, not even what I was doing, but we were all having fun anyway
DavesGQ and his lovely wife Ruth turned up about lunchtime and proceeded to setup their Camper, as well as AB and his kids, Kinang and his lovely wife Tiala and even Macca and co arrived for awhile, but I think everyone trying to get cuddles and smiles from the little one overwhelmed him, so unfortunately they had to disappear again, poor Bub and mom were knackered

anyway, to the night..................

well, we had some superb dishes - if I got the naming wrong - sorry

AB - Chicken Soup / stew
Bigcol - Satay Chicken & Rice
BillSTS -  Potato Bake & Apple and Caramel crumble
Budds - Roast Pork & Apple Crumble
DaveGQ - delicious Stew
JJ - Beef Stew
Kinang - Roasted Lamb
Ropes - Tai Chicken Curry
Thowe - Chicken Curry

while I had a spoon full of everything, I was full as a goog and could not finish my plate

as far as I know, everyone had a great time, enjoyed themselves and pigged out on the amazing dishes on offer

more fun and laughs after dinner around the fire was had by all,


I dont remember who was lucky enough to do the trip report, but
thats my version of events, as I recall


if I missed anyone out - sorry................
please add anything else (and pictures) if you want to
DID YOU KNOW......Great Northern Highway links Western Australia's capital city Perth with its northernmost port, Wyndham. With a length of almost 3,200 kilometres (2,000 mi), it is the longest highway in Australia

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Re: The Great WPC Aussie Camp Oven Cook Up 2017 trip report
« Reply #1 on: 22 August, 2017, 12:29:54 PM »
I believe i was the lucky one who had to do the trip report however your rendition of the events was far better then what i had in mind...

I would like to thank all those who organised and attended the cook up. It was a really great night and i cant wait to do it again..


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« Reply #2 on: 22 August, 2017, 12:39:36 PM »
I had an awesome weekend.

Thanks to all who attended and to those that didn't you don't know what you are missing.

The food was sensational.
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Re: The Great WPC Aussie Camp Oven Cook Up 2017 trip report
« Reply #3 on: 22 August, 2017, 12:52:50 PM »
I believe i was the lucky one who had to do the trip report

well, best get to it mate

I only started it, you can flesh it out a little, and tell us about Gas heaters in Chalets etc
DID YOU KNOW......Great Northern Highway links Western Australia's capital city Perth with its northernmost port, Wyndham. With a length of almost 3,200 kilometres (2,000 mi), it is the longest highway in Australia

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Re: The Great WPC Aussie Camp Oven Cook Up 2017 trip report
« Reply #4 on: 23 August, 2017, 06:34:30 AM »
I cooked my very first thing in a camp oven on the saturday night, only difference I was 600 odd km's north of the rest of you  >:D
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Re: The Great WPC Aussie Camp Oven Cook Up 2017 trip report
« Reply #5 on: 24 August, 2017, 01:29:44 PM »
Sounds like an awesome weekend! I was gutted I couldn't make it but unfortunately I have to much stuff to get sorted before my folks arrive & the end of life as I know it I mean wedding day! ::)
However having been to several over the years I do concur the food is awesome & the company not bad either!! Glad the rain stayed away for the meal this year!!

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Re: The Great WPC Aussie Camp Oven Cook Up 2017 trip report
« Reply #6 on: 24 August, 2017, 06:25:41 PM »
At my youngest daughters and her husbands wedding reception in Perth. It was a tough decision but free food and booze won out
The cookup sounded like a good time, as always. We are sorry we gave it a miss!

Dman all the best for the upcoming event 

Re: The Great WPC Aussie Camp Oven Cook Up 2017 trip report
« Reply #7 on: 08 April, 2018, 01:44:49 PM »
Some pics

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« Reply #8 on: 08 April, 2018, 01:48:27 PM »
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Re: The Great WPC Aussie Camp Oven Cook Up 2017 trip report
« Reply #9 on: 11 April, 2018, 08:14:05 PM »
nice photo's ma'am
DID YOU KNOW......Great Northern Highway links Western Australia's capital city Perth with its northernmost port, Wyndham. With a length of almost 3,200 kilometres (2,000 mi), it is the longest highway in Australia

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