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It NEVER Rains in Central Australia!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009



Famous last words, eh? Well, "Plan B" turned out to be a WAY better plan! Plan "A" was to drive into Bush Camp and sleep out under the stars in Swags. However, it rained! Did I say rain?! I don't know if that's a strong enough word! It rained hard enough for all of the main roads to be closed! The police stopped us on the road and would not let us pass. Plan B was to hire a 4-wheel bus to pick us up and drive us out into the bush!

Whoo hoo! We had SO much fun! We fish-tailed down the road with a bunch of adventurous students joyfully screaming and giggling in the cab! Jannita hopped in the front and took pictures! The puddles we went over sprayed up and over our bus as we drove on! When we got to bush camp, the windows were covered in red mud, and globs of it were caked all over the side of the bus!

Once at camp, the kids made "damper"- a bread made out of flour and water. We had it for dinner, and "Oh boy!" ... It was delicious! Who knew?!

We tried our best to warm ourselves by the fire, but it was very cold. The kids got to practice whip cracking with Bill Hayes, the owner of the land! He was amazing! Then we headed up to camp to learn how to make up our swags. Ken asked if the sheets were 1000 thread count. Sally told him that there were about 1000 threads in the sheet! (I don't think that's what he meant!) It was pretty funny watching a bunch of city kids learn how to make a swag! I was right there with them, wondering if we'd survive the night in the rain!

After our campfire, we got snuggled into our swags. Now, I have to apologize to everyone I've ever said that I didn't like camping because we were actually comfortable and cozy! Now, after this post, of course I'll deny ever saying that! :)
But I think it was the best night's sleep we got so far! The air was very cold, but it was surprisingly warm in the swag.

My students Tweeted that I actually camped and my daughter, at home in the States, thought that I may had hit my head or something. Nope, I didn't hit my head! It was just a very pleasant surprise! (And just so you know, I'd be HAPPY to camp... in Central Australia... in a swag again! ... but only under those conditions!)

Here's to more surprises!
Mrs. McGuire

27 comments:

Anne Reardon said...

Carol Anne, I think you were just in a rain-induced state of euphoria that allowed you to appreciate the joys of camping. Since you never see that much rain in Southern California you won't have to worry about it again!

To the students...thanks for sharing your adventures with us. I am having so much fun reading about everything you are doing on this trip. I've had the pleasure of traveling with Mrs. McGuire before, but not on such an adventure as yours. Our trip was much more....urban. The only splashing that occurred was in city fountains. That was fun, but I think it sounds like all of you are having even more fun in Australia. Keep blogging...I love reading about all you're doing!

Mrs. Reardon in Pennsylvania

Susan said...

Mrs. McGuire,
I enjoyed reading your post. And I had wondered about the main roads being closed. :)

I too have enjoyed reading all of the blogs. Thanks for sharing this great adventure with the rest of us. I have enjoyed reading the tweets as well.
Mrs. Jensen's mom

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! =)
~Arianna,Mr.Gaeta's class

Anonymous said...

sounds like a lot of fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Mr Gaeta's class

That sounds like it would be truly amazing!:)

Anonymous said...

That sounds so fun. I would love to go camping in Australia! That sounds awesome.

From Nina in Mr. Gaeta's Class

Anonymous said...

OMG! Talk about the best trip ever!

-Allie from Mr.Gaeta's class

Anonymous said...

I would love to do that!
from,
Alex (In Mr.Gaeta's class)

Anonymous said...

What about me?

Anton said...

From Mr.Gaeta's class
I think that would be fun!:0

Anonymous said...

Hello Mrs. McGuire,

I hope you are thinking about us while on your adventures. Keep safe and all the best!

Mr. Gaeta

Anonymous said...

sounds like so much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!from sebastian in Mr. Gaeta's class

Anonymous said...

I would like to go there sometime, as well!

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I can see that and also do that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You are sooooooooo lucky!!!!
Vanessa(Mr.Gaeta's Class)

Anonymous said...

It sounds like fun. I wish we could join you, but I guess we will have to settle for reading about it through your blog!

From Lina in Mr. Gaeta's Class

Anonymous said...

Mr Gaeta class

I want to go there sometime! Well, I also want to go to Cairo, Berlin, Paris, Sydney, Moscow and Beijing. Oh also New York!

Anonymous said...

It must have been awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from Sebastian in Mr. Gaeta's class

Anonymous said...

I want to come!

Anonymous said...

i've never gone camping, but it sounds like fun. Maybe our family should try it!

=) -Nina in Mr. Gaeta's class

Anonymous said...

awsome!!!!!! Ive never done that but that sounds great!!!
from, mr.gaeta's class (Alex)

Anonymous said...

SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE SOOOOOOOOOOO LUCKY! I WANT TO GO!!!!

Anton said...

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Anonymous said...

Mr GAeta's class says hi!

:)

Anonymous said...

awesomeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

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aliens want to go too lol

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a lot of fun. I want to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ryan From Mr. Gaeta's Class

Ms. McGuire said...

Thanks to Mr. Gaeta's class! We're having a blast! Keep watching the blogs! We'll send you more and more information!
Hugs,
Mrs. McGuire

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