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Never camp in a dry river bed.

Ken, Luke, Tim  & Terry Weaver camping near Murchison River, April 1987
Safe camping flashback: L-R Terry, Tim, Luke and Ken in April, 1987.

This morning is overcast and we are expecting plenty of rain from the northwest later in the day, which will of course be good for our garden; and the various rivers that have been a bit parched in the upper inland reaches of our state. I saw a report yesterday that rain which fell well inland last week near Mount Augustus had been flowing down the Gascoyne River through to the coast at Carnarvon. It has been two years since it last happened. Jill and I have long known never to camp in a dry creek or river bed and have been subtly reminding our children of the danger from flash flooding at every opportunity since they were very young. The above photo is of our four eldest sons Ken, Luke, Tim & Terry camping further south alongside the Murchison River in April 1987. The site we chose was well above the then dry river bed.

Paul R. Weaver.

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