1st Overnighter!

Glencoe 12th/13th March 2016

Well, the time had come to try our first overnighter as a family in the camper. The weather forecast wasn’t too great but we decided to go for it anyway. If the worst came to the worst we could always head home as it was only 90mins away, but as it turned out it wasn’t too bad. Our destination was the Invercoe Campsite in Glencoe. Great campsite in a great location, good facilities and pitches, no complaints.

Our new drive-away awning had recently arrived (we ended up going for the Vango Airaway Kela III – a different awning than we were originally going to get but it turned out for the best anyhow, more about that later). Once we had picked our spot we then set about getting the awning out of the bag for the first time. We should have checked the contents of the bag earlier. Turns out the awning doesn’t come with the ‘figure of 8’ strip for attaching the awning to the Bongo’s gutter rail. We continued to put it up anyway just to try it out and soon figured it comes with straps that can be slung over the roof of the van and pegged at the other side, thereby providing us with a quick fix until we got a ‘figure of 8’ strip. It worked quite well however we could have pitched the awning better…still, it lasted the night and provided great storage space.

Once were we were settled and fed it was time to get ready for bed. We were pretty good by now at getting the pop top up & down but this was pretty much our 1st time with the rock’n’roll bed, which turns out is really easy to set up. Me and my eldest daughter (K1) were in the pop top while my wife and youngest daughter (K2) had the bed. This was also our first time using my homemade thermal blinds, and they were a huge success I must say.

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Homemade thermal blinds, all for under £30 🙂

If anything it was too hot in the roof. I ended up opening the vents in the middle of the night. I also ended up out the sleeping bag trying to cool down! The only negative was that we didn’t have enough of a cushioned surface to sleep on in the roof. Ive heard the cushions off of ikea chairs make a good ‘make-do’ mattress…got one in the loft I will have to look out.  Other than that a decent enough sleep. Downstairs was comfy too, other than the dog jumping up and disturbing my wife sleep, will have to re-think dogs sleeping arrangement…

The next morning I was up bright and early as Eva (the dog) wanted out, and how lucky I was getting dragged out at stupid o’clock as the view down Loch Leven was breathtaking. After taking Eva a quick walk I quickly grabbed my camera and went back out for some photos. The mist was rolling in so quickly the scene was changing by the second. Here are a few of my pics (the don’t really do the scene justice tbh)

 

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Once we were all up and dressed, washed & fed, we decided just to get packed up and go for a walk around Glencoe Lochan, what a stunning wee Lochan, before heading home. Getting the awning back in the bag proved easier than we were expecting, and we were all packed up ready to go before long. All in all a successful 1st night away. Looking forward to more 🙂

A few pics from Glencoe Lochan, not at its best this day to be fair but usually a stunning place for a wee walk & photos.