Reeves Beach – First Trip

Reeves Beach – First Trip – March 2

So, I loaded up my van with all manner of stuff, and the two dogs, and headed to Reeves Beach, Victoria to meet up with a mate. This was our first overnight trip, which I believe is called a ‘shake down’ trip. This is where you discover what you need, don’t need and how to prepare for longer trips.

On the whole, it was a great adventure, and we all had a lot of fun. Reeves beach was ok and had a few things going for it, but there were some negatives too. It was free, which is of course, a great advantage, and it was quiet despite the fact there must have been at least 15 campers there, if not more.

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Why so many eeeee’s??

What I learnt:

* Check to see if there are any dirt roads – to get to Reeves Beach there was a 5km dirt road that was so badly maintained I was sure the van was going to fall apart.

* The toilet was a drop dunny – the smell lingered at the back of my throat for hours and still makes me feel sick now. Resolution – take Vicks or something that smells very strongly and smear it on my top lip to banish the terrible smell. However, I had packed disinfectant wipes and toilet paper, so I was well prepared for it.

* There was a sign that welcomed dogs on leash. Sadly, one camper couldn’t read, or choose not to, and we nearly had a rumble as it encroached our camp area and surprised our dogs.

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* Park on the grass – I suppose all outdoor areas have sand or dirt of a kind and the mat I ordered for outside the van hadn’t arrived. Reeves Beach had black sand which got everywhere, so I need to work out a better way to keep my feet and the van clean.

* The beach was beautiful. It was part of the coast that is called 90 Mile Beach and, while a surf beach, was quiet and remote. Well, except for the same blasted dog running off leash. 

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The Dogs Loved Reeves Beach

The Dogs

Bandit and Stella were very well-behaved, as was their new friend, Pepsi (a Blue Heeler, Border collie x). I tied them to the van on arrival which took a bit to get used to, especially for Stella.

The next day, I allowed Bandit to stay off leash and I got him to lie next to my chair, which he did happily. When he had had enough, he ‘told’ me he wanted to sleep in the van. I have an old sheepskin underlay and I laid that down for him and he was happy to lie in the van.

Stella got off her harness and collar twice. Thankfully, I was watching her at the time and got her back straight away. The harness I bought for her was too big, so I gifted it to Pepsi, and I have since ordered her a smaller one. They have a very sturdy design with a handle of sorts on top, which was very handy when she was in the way or was getting under our feet – something Stella is profoundly good at doing for a blind dog.

I didn’t take any balls or toys because I thought all the new sights and smells would be entertaining enough. I was right for this trip, but I imagine in the future as we travel more often and Bandit adjusts, a tennis ball or two would come in very handy.

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Stella is at the other end of that very long leash!

Sleeping in the Van

I slept well, but it was very cold. I ended up sleeping in all my clothes and had to visit the drop dunny a few times. I was told to purchase USB-charging mozzie zappers. Not only did they work well and zapping mozzies, but the dim light was great for traversing to the loo in the dark and not waking up anyone with a bright torch. I bought two, and one worked well enough.

Other Stuff

The fridge seemed to draw a lot of power from the solar system, even though it is the size of a large-ish Esky. I’ll have to keep my eye on that. If it can be run only when the engine is running, it will limit what I can store in it, especially when it comes to raw meat and dairy. Perhaps a sign to go veggo??!

More Pics

Between us, we took loads of pics. I won’t bore you too much with them but here are a few 🙂

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Stella in the van
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As the sun set, we got ready for our first night in the van
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Waiting for that blasted kettle to boil – lol
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Bandit took himself back to bed in the morning.
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A lone tree growing on a bank
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Pepsi, our new best friend

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