Site ColumnsBy Amy
October 30, 2000 - 9:47 AM
Well, after long and careful consideration, myself and fellow camper Chelsea have come to the conclusion that the best thing about camping is coming home to a hot shower, a spa-bath, a hot meal and your own bed.
But camp was a blast, full of adventures or, more accurately, mis-adventures. Chelsea and I, for example, set off at the appropriate time but wound up having to wait for almost an hour and a half outside the Dwellingup pub – sheer torture, let me tell you – for the rest of the convoy to arrive. Putting the tents up in the dark also proved to be a, shall we say, interesting experience, especially the 20-man army tent and one of the male camper's tents. The following morning however, saw the start of the canoeing section of the camp and two cadets, who shall remain nameless (you know who you are, Danielle and Peta!) attempt to drown themselves by paddling too close to the little but treacherous waterfall and getting caught in the current. Fortunately they had the good sense to a) grab onto a handy rock before going over and b) abandon canoe before they lost their grip. They were actually pretty bloody lucky – the same stretch of water killed two people in the last year and saw their poor vessel slammed between two rocks so tightly that it took a group of about 20 men (on a father-and-son rafting expedition) to help pull it out. That evening we also held a skit-night (which was an excuse for an exercise in bad taste) and a game of lantern stalk in the surrounding bush. Lantern stalk, for the un-initiated, is a game where three people with flashlights place a lantern (in this instance, another torch) somewhere in the bush and guard it from the rest of the group who's job it is to sneak up to the lantern and turn it off. It saw most of the party, including yours truly, performing a set of commando rolls, dives and crawls in pitch blackness attempting to sneak up to the lantern in a patch of scrubland none of us, in our right minds, would even dream of crawling through in the middle of the day, stumbling across blackberry bushes, spider-webs and rabbit holes in the process. The following day saw the cadets sit their canoe tests, again almost drowning themselves in the process, and a water-bomb/shaving-cream fight which was actually Alan Jo and me vs. each other and the cadets. It's really quite amazing the places you can get shaving cream into… it took me 15 minutes to get it all out of my ears.
The weather for the weekend was very obliging – 30 degrees or so Saturday, cooler on Sunday – and didn't start to rain until we were in the middle of packing up. At which time everyone started a mad rush which, among other things, saw a 1.5 meter long steel tent strut dropped onto my foot from quite a height and the entire camp site packed up in a fraction of the time it took to set it up. In the end, I made it back to Perth at about 5pm, had the hot shower, hijacked Clinton's spa and then returned home, sunburnt with protesting back and shoulder muscles and a broken toe (Thank god for steel-toed boots) and then had a damned good nights sleep.
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