Australia- the epitome of paradise - a worry-free laid back lifestyle that has forever impacted my life. Since being back (from Fall 2014), I have thought about my favorite, most memorable experiences. Although canyoning in New Zealand and scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef mark some of the best moments of my life; my single favorite moment would have to be camping on the beach.
I say “camping,” in loose terms because sleeping on blankets in the sand with plentiful amounts of food may be viewed poorly upon by an experienced camper. A group of 15 of us, (from Bentley, High Point University, and our local friends) went to Salt Beach in King’s Cliff just near Coolangata. Our friend Jarrad showed us this spot because he grew up in this area and always used to go here in high school.
When we arrived, the guys started making the fire while all the girls relaxed. The sun set around 5:30PM and the stars became apparent around 7PM. This view of the Australian night included the best sight of stars I have ever laid my eyes on. (A picture didn’t do it justice- trust me I tried) I was able to see two shooting stars and we all thought about how lucky we were and how good life was at that particular moment.
During this time, we made S’mores in between Tim Tams and sat around the campfire while one of our Aussie friends Johnny played his guitar. This was so simple and so perfect. When we got up to wander, the sand lit up and it were as if sparks were coming from our feet. We were completely amused and absorbed in this simple activity, why doesn’t the US have sand like this?
We barely slept that night and made sure we stayed up for sunrise. It was the most beautiful sunrise I have ever laid my eyes on. This simple experience really made me so happy to be abroad and meet the people that are currently in my life today. I don’t think any other “camping trip” will ever compare.