A while back I wrote a post about our return to Theewaterskloof dam since having kids. It was a place Brendon and I went for years before they came along and a place where many memories were made with friends. Those certainly were the days of being young, wild and free and we talk about the memories every time we return to this little piece of heaven.
Now days, packing requires a little more effort with two small kids in tow but we embrace the adventure of camping with them now and it’s no surprise how much they love it. From shopping for the trip (they get to choose marshmallows and other treats we don’t usually allow in the week) to packing the car and unpacking it on the other side to setting up the tent. They invest every ounce of passion into the process and it’s a pretty incredible thing to witness.
This last weekend was no different, expect for the fact that we decided rather late in the game to head up there! BUT, I love spontaneous trips like this – they somehow feel even more enjoyable. No major planning means no major expectations and then when you get there you are blown away on a whole new level. What makes our trips that much more special is that we get to spend time with Brendon’s folks who have a caravan there, making the stay that much more comfortable knowing we have anything right there. You can find Nana and Grandad at their caravan every second weekend of the month, something they have been doing together for the last 6 years!
For the who don’t know it Theewaterskloof dam is situated on a beautiful stretch of land just outside Villiersdorp. About an hour & a half’s drive from Cape Town. It’s pure magic as you are your way over the pass and into the valley. I love the drive almost as much as I like reaching our destination – made that much better by our obligatory stop at the Orchards Farm Stall on the way.
We spent the weekend, splashing at the waters edge of the (rather empty) dam, paddling in the canoe, eating ice-cream, braaing, riding bikes and just hanging out. It’s therapy for the tiredest of souls and I love seeing my kids experience that kind of adventure and just escape the fast paced life of TV’s and iPads and constant entertainment. Living off the grid for two days never felt better. Here are some pics! (I realise they are not the greatest quality by a long shot and I’m in desperate need of a good camera! We are thinking of investing in a good quality Go Pro to up my game on the photography front! Any advice?)
Where do you go with your family to escape the madness? I really would like to know, and perhaps be given some new ideas!!