En­joy fresh air ev­ery which way

North West Telegraph - - Lifestyle - Ray Cully

One per­son’s leisure is an­other per­son’s tor­ment; just be­cause we share a love for get­ting away into the great out­doors doesn’t mean we all want to do the same thing when we get there.

If you want noth­ing but to lie back and re­lax and catch up on quiet read­ing, do the cross­word or be­come a Su­doku master, then camp­ing pro­vides the per­fect op­por­tu­nity. It also pro­vides the time and in­spi­ra­tion to treat your cre­ativ­ity to a boost with arts and crafts, from paint­ing and sketch­ing to knit­ting.

If you’re rest­less and want to burn off en­ergy then pack your hik­ing boots, load a GPS app on your phone and plan on ex­tended two-feet ex­plo­ration.

A cam­era will be your best-loved ac­ces­sory as you birdwatch, find strange and beau­ti­ful plants, climb weird and won­der­ful rock for­ma­tions or spy cute crit­ters. Don’t for­get a night walk near camp can spot­light all sorts of noc­tur­nal beast­ies who stay well hid­den dur­ing the day.

For those who pre­fer mo­torised trans­port, un­hitch the tow tug and head off to more dis­tant points of in­ter­est.

Quad or dirt bikes are also fun, but be re­spect­ful of peace-lov­ing fel­low campers and head to an un­pop­u­lated zone for your day’s play.

If you’re at a beach you can hit the waves for swim­ming, surf­ing, body­board­ing or sand-board­ing down the dunes.

Whether it’s beach, river or lake you can try your hand at catch­ing din­ner or float, lounge, kayak or ca­noe across peace­ful wa­ters.

For the young — or young at heart — in­clude some por­ta­ble game gear, like a teth­ered ten­nis set, quoits, boules, footy, fris­bee, wa­ter pis­tols and even a kite.

Or, plan a scav­enger hunt to keep them run­ning for hours.

Come night time, the first pri­or­ity is to chan­nel your in­ner cave dweller and build a camp fire.

It’s the per­fect time for snack­ing and telling tall tales. Don’t limit your toast­ing to marsh­mal­lows, try other sweet treats such as Star­bursts (hot gooey chewi­ness) or wrap a cheese ’n’ chilli kran­sky in pas­try and get din­ner sorted on the end of your toast­ing fork.

Break out the gui­tar and strum a melody or two, in­clude a pack of cards or favourite board game; even old-fash­ioned cha­rades are fun once ev­ery­one gets dis­con­nected from their elec­tronic de­vices.

A camp-fire col­lec­tive is also the per­fect way to make new friends, so in­vite fel­low campers to share your fire and some sto­ries. You’ll of­ten get great tips on places to visit or things to do.

If any­one is still full of en­ergy then con­sider flash­light tag, hide and seek or a mid­night swim — pair younger chil­dren with a re­spon­si­ble adult, make sure ev­ery­one has a head­lamp and set the pa­ram­e­ters for safety to make sure no one gets lost.

A hand-held ra­dio is a great idea to stay in con­tact.

Once the day’s ad­ven­tures have fi­nally caught up, it’s time to stare med­i­ta­tively into the hyp­notic glow of the dy­ing em­bers or tilt your chair back and qui­etly stargaze.

© Get Be­hind The Wheel - Take that per­fect land­scape photo.

Pic­ture: Get Be­hind The Wheel

Kick back for a peace­ful snooze after a cuppa.

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