I am big on blogging about things to do with kids at the beach, today you can chalk up another one.
A combination of a night on the beach, an activity, learning a new skill and competition is good fun but it can also be very serious business.
On this night (actually last night) we went to the beach, again, so I could use my new underwater camera, again, but we ended up staying until about midnight. (Not smart when I have a music lesson this morning but, oh well). After dark Puppa and I decided to have a competition.
Who could built the best fire? That was the competition. Now it was harder than you are probably thinking because where we were we had to climb a sandhill to get to the dead wood. “Go high and dry” as Puppa would say, meaning go above the high tide mark to find the dry wood to burn.
I put in my best effort and I climbed that hill over and over again to find wood for my fire, but the competition is not always a fair fight. When the other competitor is away from their fire finding more wood, it is common to sabotage their fire. I would use the shovel to steal embers from his fire and add them to mine. He would use the shovel to squash mine and I’d come back to find my fire was nearly nothing. Anything but throwing a bucket of water on it was fair game it seems lol.
I tried my very best but when it came time for Nanna to judge the winner … well it wasn’t me and she pointed out the reasons why Puppas had won. It was really interesting and I learnt a few things about what makes a good fire.
It’s ok that I didn’t win. Puppa is very experienced at making a campfire and he does make a very, very sensible fire. But he better look out next time! haha
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