Saturday, 30 August 2014

Why Camping?

This was taken from an interview my son Simon did with me for a school project.

How often do you go camping?
About five times per year.
Why do you go camping?
I go camping because I love to be in the outdoors. I also love to explore places that few other people can get to. That is why I own a 4WD. There is something wonderful about the tranquility of a bush setting, sitting around the campfire with a magnificent blanket of stars above your head that just can't be found in city living.
What is your favorite thing to do when camping?
My favorite thing to do when camping is to drink a small glass of port late in the evening with my friends and family while sitting around a warm campfire on a cool evening.
Would you recommend camping to others and why?
Camping is not for everyone, but I would recommend that people give it a try. One of my friends who was unsure of camping once said to me after coming on a few camping trips "Wes, I finally get it". Unless people try they may miss an experience of a lifetime. The vast expanses of desert in the outback, or the magnificence of rugged mountain ranges. or the thick vegetation of coastal rain forests can all be enjoyed so much more when you set up your tent and get amongst it.
If you could go camping to one place on earth where would it be and why?
I really love our usual camp site on the Turon River near Capertee NSW. It is remote enough that you rarely see other campers in the area, and it is also close enough to Sydney so that you can get there for a weekend. My second choice would be anywhere in the Australian Outback.
Do you think that camping is just a thing for men?
No, it is best enjoyed with your wife and family. It is also good to share the experience with friends.
What is a tip that you could give other people about camping?
Don't try anything too ambitious to begin with. Experiment with different locations and types of equipment. You can often borrow things from friends while you're trying to figure out what will work for you.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Test a blog with two photos

Here are some old landcruiser pics.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Classic Abbottspeak

"Look, all the signs are there. It is a very, very restless caucus. In the end it's up to the Labor Party to choose which failed leader it wants to take into the election."
Tony Abbott interview with Lisa Wilkinson

Friday, 6 January 2012

States I have visited in the USA

I had a bit of fun adding up how many states I have visited in the USA. I was quite surprised to discover that I have visited almost half of them (23/50) -- but to be fair, on a couple of them we were quite literally just passing through on the interstate.

New Mexico
New York
New Jersey
North Carolina
Rhode Island
South Carolina

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

My City2Surf 2011 photo courtesy of

I really missed the usual blue sky. From memory I think they said that
it was one of only two rainy days in the 40 year history of the event!

My results:

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

City2Surf Results

Well, the results are in!
Amazingly, our first time City2Surfer Andrew Houtas has blitzed the field with an outstanding 76mins and 40secs!!! He even managed to eclipse Glen Mace's incredible 'most improved' time by 12 seconds.
Despite a dodgy knee Geoff still managed an impressive 78mins and 37secs. The remainder of the Stoddart family must have been holding hands as they crossed the line with a very respectable collective time
of 86mins and 42secs.
It also looks like Jonathan managed to steal line honours from his dad by just 12 seconds with an impressive first time result of 89mins 20secs.
Incredibly, Andrew has only narrowly missed leap frogging the 'green' group and going straight to the 'red' group if he decides to run next year.
To be honest, I am a little disappointed with my own results even though I did beat my previous years time by one minute. I had been struggling with a cold all last week, and as of this morning I have been diagnosed with a related sinus infection after a nasty ear ache last night.
I am now on antibiotics and will hopefully I will be all better for the Pub2Pub in couple of weeks. I think if I try to keep up with Andrew for a long as I can I might be able to get a reasonable time in that event!