LALA PHEZULA 2018

The Wild Coast Tents an­nual event in Wil­mot, Nova Sco­tia pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment for friends and fam­ily, pre­sen­ta­tions from the pros and of course, a week­end of ad­ven­ture in the out­doors of the beau­ti­ful East Coast.

4WDrive - - Contents - Words and pho­tos cour­tesy Tr­ish van Delft of Wild Coast Tents

Wild Coast Tents hosts an event ev­ery year at Vid­ito Camp­ground and Fam­ily Cot­tages in Wil­mot, Nova Sco­tia, ex­clu­sively for our Wild Coast roof top tent own­ers. This year, the event was very suc­cess­ful with ad­ven­tur­ous cus­tomers who are also con­sid­ered our friends.

Our week­end started off with ev­ery­one ar­riv­ing on Friday evening to set up camp. Each ve­hi­cle rolled in and we greeted old and new friends with en­thu­si­asm. Heads would turn to see who had ar­rived, what type of rig they had, and where they had come from. Sites were then cho­sen, and tents were set up.

One of our cus­tomers came all the way from Camp­bell River, BC. Lynn ar­rived in her su­per-rigged out, black Ru­bi­con that was packed to the hilt, two dogs plus a six-week-old kit­ten named Orca that she adopted on her trek here. Ob­vi­ously the lit­tle dar­ling soon be­came the star of the show! We couldn’t be more im­pressed with her de­ter­mi­na­tion and gusto. We were touched be­yond words that she made this in­cred­i­ble jour­ney to our event.

Ron and Sharon, the most se­nior cou­ple (in their 70’s) set up their rig with on­look­ers aghast. They pretty much be­came the favourite cou­ple of the event, walk­ing to­gether around the camp­site chat­ting to ev­ery­one. We all aspire to be that ad­ven­tur­ous when we reach their age.

North­bound Ex­pe­di­tion ar­rived at the site show­ing their gear and chat­ting about all the ex­pe­di­tions in New Brunswick, as did Proland3r Out­doors from On­tario, which also of­fers off-road trips. Then we had Brett. Per­haps or­ange is the new black as his Jeep, tent, shoes, t-shirt, even his pots and pans, sleep­ing bag, tie down ropes – you name it – were or­ange. Ob­vi­ously, he was razzed all week­end, but he to­tally owned it.

There were tents on ve­hi­cles, trail­ers bought or built, a tent on a UTV and one at­tendee, Dan, built a wooden frame on a trailer, which was quickly as­sem­bled just two days prior to the event. Dan was late to ar­rive, and we won­dered if per­haps he had dis­cov­ered ter­mites. He was re­lent­lessly teased. There were some in­cred­i­ble set­ups and orig­i­nal ideas. Notes and pho­tos were taken for those build­ing new rigs or want­ing to mod­ify their ex­ist­ing one. Some of the ideas in­cluded hot wa­ter sys­tems for show­ers, fridge set­ups or so­lar panel hook ups. Ev­ery­one was shar­ing ideas and knowl­edge.

On Friday evening, the bon­fire roared. Chat­ter en­sued as we all gath­ered to share sto­ries as kids en­joyed an evening roast­ing marsh­mal­lows and smores. The adults so­cial­ized while drink­ing the in­cred­i­bly crafted beer by a great cus­tomer, Rod Macvicar, who gen­er­ously brews beer for our event ev­ery year.

The evening passed by quickly with end­less laugh­ter. I left my chair by the camp­fire for a few min­utes and came back to find it on top of the out­house. We do have a bunch of mis­chievous roof top ten­ters and the last strag­glers even­tu­ally hit the sack about 2:30 am.

On Satur­day morn­ing, ev­ery­one crawled out of their roof top tents to the smell of brewed cof­fee along with ba­con and eggs, which was the per­fect way to start a day filled with many ac­tiv­i­ties.

Hal­i­fax Live 105 ra­dio sta­tion ar­rived to do a broad­cast. They were a great bunch of en­thu­si­as­tic ra­dio hosts. They brought games, beer, give­aways and of course, great mu­sic. The kids – and even dogs – played and pad­dled in the river, while a few cus­tomers brought their ca­noes and ex­plored the An­napo­lis river. A small en­tourage, which was led by Dan, even went out ex­plor­ing to see the nearby St.Croix Cove Water­falls. Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded washer toss, Jenga, while fris­bees were tossed, drones were flown and chitchat around dif­fer­ent rigs en­sued. An­other high­light in­cluded a pre­sen­ta­tion by Nova Sco­tia Bushcraft that was en­joyed by all.

More en­ter­tain­ment was pro­vided by the fire build­ing com­pe­ti­tion for a grand prize of a gas stove. After much laugh­ter and cheer­ing, the lucky win­ner fi­nally burnt through his rope. Next, was a ropepulling com­pe­ti­tion be­tween two teams of four. In the end, Nick was the win­ner and won a set of Treds. In the other draws, a Trasha­roo bag went to Ruben from Proland3r and an awning was won by Joe from On­tario. The ob­vi­ous win­ner for the $200.00 prize for the “longest dis­tance trav­elled” went to Lynn who came all the way to Nova Sco­tia from Bri­tish Columbia. Goodie bags and t-shirts were handed out and we man­aged to gather ev­ery­one, (well al­most ev­ery­one) for our yearly, group photo.

As we joined for din­ner, David Cham­ber­lain, a lo­cal mu­si­cian from Bear River, Nova Sco­tia, cre­ated a lovely at­mos­phere play­ing his acous­tic gui­tar and drums. Later, as ev­ery­one gath­ered around the camp­fire once again, David con­tin­ued to en­ter­tain. The am­bi­ence of the fire and mu­sic con­jured up lots of story telling and laugh­ter into the early hours of Sun­day. Be­fore we knew it, the week­end was over, and it was once again time to pack up our gear to head out on our next ad­ven­tures.

THIS YEAR THE PRIZES WENT TO THE FOL­LOW­ING RIGS: Best Gear Head- Shamus Best Bat­tle Scar-Shaun Best of Show-Brett Most Unique-Blu Best MacGyver fix-Dan

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