Friday, August 13, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Ah! I realized I skipped a weekend in my last entry!!! And what a bomb weekend it was!!!
Two weekends ago from now, Jen, me, Haashim, and Branden (two sports camp people) met up with a bunch of people at Zushi beach on Friday night. We actually ended up taking the wrong train, but we made it there okay. And we got to see the end of this funky little festival parade with people wearing creepy masks!!!
Then, on Saturday, me and Aaron went back to Zushi Beach and just chillaxed in the sun. Bre, Courtney, Justine, Mariah, and Kayla (all day camp people) had stayed there overnight, and they just happened to run into us on the beach. So we just hung out in the water and drank chuhais (delicious!) for the rest of the day… and got SUPER sunburned!!!
Sunday was the best, though. A bunch of camp people had all signed up to go canyoning on Sunday, so we all got up at like 4 in the morning (can you believe it!?!). We rode on the bus for like 3 or 4 hours and finally got to the canyoning place, so aptly named “Canyons.” I have no idea where it was because we booked this trip through MWR Outdoor Recreation, so we pretty much just got on the bus and let it take us where it would.
Anywho, we had to squeeze into these little wetsuits (ugh), put on some funny shoes and life jackets, and then we went white water rafting!!! I was only scared for my life a couple times on that particular venture, and I had lots of fun! Our guide, Jenny, was from New Zealand, and she was pretty cool…although towards the end she said she was trying to knock one of us from the boat just for kicks and giggles. Oh, and at one point, she told us we could go for a swim, and I was like “how am I supposed to get back in the boat?” Luckily, we had Hunter on our boat (an Outdoor Adventure camp guy) so he pretty much yanked me and Jen back in the boat since we couldn’t get up ourselves. We also had Allen and our MWR trip leader and her hubby (Carolyn and Dave?) on our boat. And let me tell you, we ran into a bunch of rocks.
After that was lunch, and then we went canyoning! Basically, for those of you who don’t know, canyoning is basically like going down a skinny little canyon. We had our wet suits and our life jackets and different funny little shoes and helmets, and we basically let the current take us. We would walk some parts of it, but you had to be very careful not to slip. Then our guides would tell us to get in the water and assume some position (feet first on your back, head first on your back, or head first on your stomach) and they would send us down a waterfall or down some rapids. It was pretty scary.
The biggest waterfall was 20 meters, and they lowered us down on a rope for 10 meters, and then just let us fall. I saw Justine go right before me, but then I couldn’t see her at the bottom. I ask the guy where she went, and he just shrugs and says “Oh, she’s probably down there somewhere.” I’m pretty sure he was joking, but that just wasn’t very nice. But I did it!!! (I mean, I pretty much had to. Once you start, there’s really only one direction you can go in.)
And then after that big waterfall were the scarier ones. They weren’t as big, but you had to go down them head first, and that was HORRIBLE. I have never even been able to dive in a pool, and since this kinda had the same idea, I was a bit out of my element. But anyways, there was this one waterfall where the guides said that there was a giant hole where you can get sucked under and die. (Just before this I heard one guide asking another if they thought we could do this one or not… and the answer was “why not?”). So they had two guides stationed on either side of the waterfall at the bottom to hopefully catch anyone before they get sucked under. Joy. The guide tells us over and over again to aim for the right of the waterfall, and I am thinking “well, that’s kind of hard when you are FALLING DOWN A WATERFALL!!!”
So Bre basically almost died. She did not go to the right. She ended up closer to the left, but she reached for the guide that was waiting on the right side and couldn’t reach him. The guide on the left couldn’t reach her either, and she was being sucked into the hole. She was pulled under the water, and the guide on the left dove under too. They both came up about 3 seconds later, the guide holding onto Bre and pulling her to the side. It was super scary, but Bre seemed to be fine (though after she said that she thought she was going to die). She was super lucky (especially since the guide that saved her life was suuuuuuuper hot).
When I went down that waterfall, I did okay. I made it to the right, but I had my head up when I hit the water, so that I could feel my back crack. It didn’t feel very good, let me tell you, but I was alright. Then, the very last two waterfalls were ones where we go down head first on our stomachs, and then a guide flips us onto our backs and sends us down the next one. That was scary because we couldn’t see where we were going and I had no idea when I would hit the water. Then we got to jump off this rock thing if we wanted, and I climbed up there… and I hesitated. The guide pushed me a little, as if he were going to push me off, and I freaked out and almost fell on my butt. I finally did it, though, and I was very proud. It was like a 15 foot drop!!! Okay… maybe 10. I don’t know.
Anyways, so that was my weekend!!! It was a tad scary, but loads of fun. I count Sunday as my birthday because it was just so awesome!!! (and my birthday was that Tuesday anyways).
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Well, since I’ve been super behind on my blog, I’ve decided to ketchup. (I do love ketchup!!!)
Monday of last last week was Miss Mancala’s (Jennifer’s) first day… and it was an interesting one. Overall, the kids weren’t too bad, but imagine Jennifer’s shock after being at a site that was overstaffed and didn’t not have these crazy crazy kids. The poor thing! But she handled it well.
Anyways, so the kids weren’t horrible on Monday… we just had a lot of weird incidents. For instance, as soon as me and Spencer left on our breaks during lunch (usually a calm time of the day), a kid burps in a little girl’s face, and she throws up all over herself. Then Miss Tiffany starts to throw up a little bit, too, and Miss Mancala is dealing with all the screaming grossed-out kids while Miss Uno was dealing with the one covered in throw up. Then, another kids comes up to Miss Uno and tells her that the little guy of the room (the class A clinger) had his pants down and was doing what Spencer calls “the meat spin.” …. Don’t ask…
I have no idea how Miss Uno handled all that, but let me tell you, she got an extra long break that day. But, oh, it wasn’t quite over yet. One girl comes up to me towards the end of the day and says the dreaded words: “Uh, Miss Domino, I had a accident.” Bum bum bum. I asked her what happened and she says she was going to the bathroom, she stood up, and then… “something came out.” I was like “huh?” Well, I went into the bathroom stall with her, and it was exactly like she said. There was poo on the toilet seat and on the ground. Ugh. Then, as we are walking out of the bathroom, Miss Uno is walking down the hallway with a different girl, and tells me that the girl with her had an accident, too. Sure enough, I peek in the other stall, and there is pee all over the floor, and this poor girl had pee all down her pant legs.
Fortunately, this all happened around 5, so we were all off the clock and didn’t have to clean up the messes hehehehe.
That week, we went to the water park called Summerland and it was AWESOME. Best field trip so far!!!
Last week’s Monday was also fun. In the morning, we went to the pool… and we lost a kid. A counselor’s worst fear. Fortunately, Jeremy (our PC/ the big boss) was there and so he witnessed the whole thing. Essentially, one of our relatively good kids forgot his bathing suit for the day and was pretty upset. So when I asked him not to sit where he was sitting (because he really wasn’t supposed to sit there), he got all huffy and stormed off into the boys locker room. Of course, I couldn’t go in there, so I got Mr. Hippo, and he went in there… and couldn’t find the kid. Now, the locker rooms are basically the entrance (and exit) to the pool. So when Mr. Hippo couldn’t find the kid, we both got a little worried. We told Jeremy, and basically Jeremy ran back all the way to the center looking for him while me and Spencer ran around (literally ran) area around the pool looking for him.
It ended up that he had stuffed himself into a locker and shut it completely, so neither Spencer or Jeremy thought to check the closed lockers. It was a big deal, and even though it was well-handled (or so Jeremy claims) we still had to change our pool policy because of it. Ugh.
The next day we went to the train museum… and that day also happened to be my birthday. Unfortunately, the train museum was HORRIBLE. Apparently, the staff that checked it out knew that there wasn’t much for the kids to do there, but allowed it to stay on the list anyway. Joy. And, on top of that, I was getting sick. Thankfully, I hadn’t told anyone it was my birthday and pretty much everyone who already knew forgot, so I could sleep after camp without any disturbances. But, of course, literally an hour before midnight, Jeremy sees me and somehow remembers it was my birthday. He gets this whole big group together in about ten minutes and pulls out this half of chocolate cake from who knows where. I almost made it without anyone saying happy birthday too!!!
On Wednesday, I was home sick from work for most of the day. The normal Camp A policy is that if you are sick enough to stay home, you have to go see a doctor, but the big big boss (our program director, Angie) said it was okay for me to just stay home because apparently going to the doctor here means going to the emergency room. Fun.
I tried to go back to work for part of the day, but I just got a fever again so I had to go home. But that night was a big “social” event called Holiday in summertime. We had to sing Christmas songs and stuff. That’s when they gave us our care packages from home, and when I found out how Jeremy so miraculously remembered my birthday the night before. Apparently, my mom (love you mom!) somehow got him to buy cupcakes for everybody (and yes, mom, before you ask, I already paid him back). The cupcakes were bright neon colors (oh yes, including green!) and they were DELICIOUS. Thanks, mom! =)
And then, even though I was sick, the next two days weren’t too bad. On Thursday, we got to go to the gym since it was a black flag day (meaning we can’t really go outside), and it was a lot of fun. I pretty much ran that because I had a bunch of games I wanted to play. We did some fun exercises, then we played line tag. After that, I made them do the drill from basketball where they have to get in their stance and then slide and do fire feet and stuff. I remembered hating that drill whenever we had to do it, but the kids seemed to love it. And, best of all, it tired them all out!!!
On Friday, the kids got to vote for the one counselor they wanted to cream since again we couldn’t go outside and had to do the creaming indoors. It made my day when they all picked Mr. Hippo. He was all bothered because he wanted them to pie Miss Guess Who (our director, Bre) but she was busy, so she couldn’t.
Oh, and before I forget, one of my quieter kids said today “Shake what your momma gave you!” and I thought it was HILARIOUS!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
This is us on the bullet train on the way to Kyoto. Spencer and Megan got to put their seats back.... it was soooo unfair. But we made it on the right train even though we were suuuuper tired since we had to get up at 5 in the morning.