My husband and I love to travel. We don’t get to do it often enough, but when we do…I take my entire camera bag and my laptop. Often I’m asked why I work while on holiday. They obviously don’t understand my passion. I live for photography and I equally love the editing process. Taking photos plays a large part of my holiday, so for me, packing my camera bag is just as important as packing my clothes.
A meme fed onto my Facebook newsfeed recently that used a word that struck a chord with me. So much so that I have now registered it as a domain name. So what is this word and what does it mean?
Coddiwomple (v.) Origin: English Slang Word.
Definition: To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination.
I intend writing a travel blog and the meaning of this word is perfect. What a great name and travelling toward a vague destination is definitely what we enjoy doing.
Our first Coddiwomple
Our first ‘Coddiwomple’ was in a camper trailer and we went in search of wildflowers. We live in WA, so we’re lucky to have such a diverse range of flowers on our doorstop. We went to Eneabba, Porenjori, Morowa and the Coalseam Conservation Park. Then for the final 2 days we parked up in Green Head and mostly just read and relaxed. This trip was only for 10 days, but it was an amazing. I have to say that this year (2016) has been an amazing year for wildflowers. We are still enjoying them in the area that we live in.
Our main aim for this trip – apart from wanting to see the wildflowers – was to try out a camper trailer. We are planning a 3 month trip of the Eastern States next year so we wanted to see whether we could cope with a camper trailer rather than a caravan. The answer to that was a definite yes!
We hired a soft floor as they are cheaper both to hire and to buy than the hard floors. After meeting a couple at Coalseam who had owned both, we’ve come to the conclusion that we need a hard floor. They are smaller inside, but you can put an annex up on the side to increase the living area. The main attraction for us was setting up. While it was taking us a good 10-15 minutes to set up, it took this couple less than 5 minutes before they were sitting down with a glass of wine. That’s beneficial when you have a one night stopover.
Coalseam Conservation Park
Speaking of Coalseam. What a magical place. The wildflower season was a little earlier this year apparently because of the rainfall, and many of the flowers had already finished – or were on their way out. It didn’t matter though, it was still amazingly beautiful. There were still a lot of flowers out, they just weren’t a thick blanket of them.
Coalseam has no water and no electricity. This is completely off the grid – and to be honest, that was the charm of the place. They have designated camping grounds, each far enough from the next that you don’t feel crowded in. There’s plenty of room with flowers and trees around you. In the central area of the camp ground they have built a fire pit and there are the cleanest, sweetest smelling long drop toilets I’ve ever seen. In fact, they smelt better than any public toilet I’ve visited.
Long drop toilets at Coalseam
The campfire was lit every night by the volunteer caretakers and enough wood was left for about 4 hours of fire. Once lit, campers who wanted to socialise would all gather around the fire with their drinks of choice. Each evening was fantastic, meeting new people who are from all around Australia and in a couple of instances, from Europe. That’s what it’s all about.
Irwin River – footprints and fossils
The Irwin River runs through the Coalseam Conservation Park. It’s beautiful. There was only a trickle of water in there while we were there which allowed us to walk down the riverbed. You could see where the water had rushed through recently though as the banks were still damp. You can clearly see the coalseam in the cliffs and if you look closely you will find fossils. There are lots of little muddy areas. The mud is nearly black, I assume because of the coal. One little boy had been lowered onto a puddle and left the most amazing footprints. It looks to me as if the impressions are coming from below the mud…fascinating how lighting can change things.
Footprints found in mud of the Irwin River.
Irwin Riverbed. The lookout can be seen at the top of the cliff. Amazing views where you can see for miles.
Below are some more photos from our wildflower Coddiwomple. You will also find a range of WILDFLOWERS from this trip available for sale (or just to browse). They are available as digital downloads or as prints in beautifully handcrafted rustic jarrah frames. You can view them on my Store page. Enjoy!