16/5/09 - 17/5/09
Views from the camp fire.
On a weekend in May 2009
the gallant team from BWC Small Boats & Recreation Inc. set off to tackle
Lake Lyle. The annual trout trophy was up grabs & most members arrived before
sunset on the Friday evening giving plenty of time to setup camp. The weather
was bleak with storm clouds building and the occasional gust of wind was
felt. It was a reasonable turn out with 6 boats attending. Notably no women
arrived perhaps that was the first clue to the pending events that followed.
The run of luck began
with Roger suffering two flat tyres on his trailer during the trip up. But
did that deflate his spirits? No! Then to add insult to injury Rogers Air
bed went down. So did that deflate his spirits? No! He went to Lithgow the
next day and bought a new air bed. But you guessed it as this bed also deflated
. Roger seemed to hang around the camp fire later than usual Saturday night,
only to have his jacket catch fire from a stray ember. But he still went
fishing Sunday good on you Roger.
But back to Friday
night. As darkness fell the winds increased to gale force, the odd rain
shower fell and the temperature dropped below comfortable. But this did
not deter our seasoned fishermen; Crusty simply put more wood on the fire
as the camp chairs moved around it for the camaraderie of friends. But then
the unthinkable happened Smackers tent collapsed under the strain of high
winds. But did this stop him ? No he still slept in it see pictures. Surely
this must be the end of tale but while our interpreted group accessed
the tent a thunderous crash came from where the boats were parked. Upon
inspection it was found the wind had blown Andrews’s boat a complete 180
degrees around sending it down a tree covered slope. Did this stop our heroes
no they simply anchored the boat to a tree so recovery could be attempted
in the daylight. During this time Smacker emerged from under his tent wondering
where everyone had gone, not knowing about the boat. Looking towards the
campfire black plumes of smoke billowed, racing to the fire he found two
unattended camp chair had blown in and only the frames remained.
So did this deter our
fishermen? No we still went fishing and caught a grand total of two trout
by Steve and Joshua and two rubber thongs by Andrew. Yes it was cold, it
froze eggs in their shell but a good time was had by all. And you wonder
why we drink.