If you’ve been reading the website over the past few days, you’ll notice that I took a trip up to Mushroom Rocks recently and camped overnight with some friends.
However, it was ALMOST a trip for one.
I’d only been in the car about five minutes when my friend called to let me know there was a 50/50 chance that he and his partner would be able to come.
Unfortunately, she had been on her push-bike and was involved in an accident with a car. Absolutely horrible stuff.
While she wasn’t severely hurt, she was taken to the hospital to be assessed for any further damage.
As mentioned, there was a 50/50 chance that they would be coming along, but I reassured my friend that he shouldn’t worry about our trip and should focus on his partner.
We were to meet at the McDonald’s at Moe, so I kept to the plan and drove there from my place.
By this stage, it was looking likely that they weren’t going to come. Given what I knew of the area, I thought I’d be okay to Google some information about the area and that would be enough.
My friend had pretty much organised the trip and so I left it up to him to lead the way in terms of how to get there, the best spots to camp, opportunities to source water etc.
Given he was in a hospital, my friend was having some trouble with phone reception whilst trying to fill me in on what was happening, as well as providing me with information about the area.
The point I am trying to make here is that regardless of who is ‘leading’ the trip, everyone needs to be armed with all the information regarding where the group is going.
Everyone should have a map of the area and a reasonable understanding of how to get there and what to expect and what not to expect.
I got lucky in the sense that my friend was able to provide me with the necessary information that Google wasn’t able to at the time.
I was heading to a place that was relatively straight forward in terms of the trail and camp spots, but every place may not be as straight forward.
I completely understand that this might seem like such a simple thing to talk about, and you might think that I’m covering off something that should be expected regardless, but if it prevents someone else from making the same mistake, then it’s worth writing about.