October 21, 2003

Ah, yes. More details. I

Ah, yes. More details.

I got up on Saturday morning at the ungodly hour of 6 am. The idea being that we would be all packed and on our way to Arkansas at 7.

Obviously, we didn't leave until 8am.

After much driving and lunch at Fazoli's, we got to the campsite. Being very sick and tired of sitting still, I went hiking for most of the afternoon. I crawled into a couple of caves, watched the guys push very large rocks over, scraped myself up some, and generally wore myself out. It was very enjoyable. There's nothing quite like crawling into a warm sleeping bag when it's cold outside and you've done more in one day than you ever even thought about doing during the past two months.

We spent the whole next day canoeing. The scenery was gorgeous, and so was the day; in fact, the weather was gorgeous for the whole weekend. The water was lovely, the cliffs were awe-inspiring, and I had more fun outdoors than I've had in a very long time. We had eight or nine canoes, with two people in each canoe. It's amusing to watch the dynamics of a group like that; there are the guys who go along and try to flip over every last canoe, the girls who'll do anything to keep from getting wet, the girls who'll go cliff-jumping with the guys, and the couples who can't decide whether they are couples or not. It all makes for great people-watching.

After we got back and ate astronomical numbers of burgers, we all sat around the campfire for hours, talking and goofing off. I had no idea I knew so many pyros. And people call me frightening at times.

The next day we had breakfast from about 9:30 to 11:30. Pancakes, bacon, eggs, more pancakes, and more pancakes. People just kept getting up and wanting food. Then those who had eaten first wanted more food, and the cycle repeated again. Many amazing pancake-flipping incidents, and much laughter all around. Incidentally, I heard the term 'wench' used many times that morning. It happened to be the lowest rank in the system we had set up for grading the cooks. Vaguely disturbing, but very amusing nonetheless.

When we finally finished breakfast/lunch, we tore down camp and headed out. My roommate and 7 others went to a concert in Tulsa, while the rest of us headed home via Hot Springs. We stopped there for a couple of hours to eat supper, and the guys had to have a contest to see who could hold their arm in the hot water the longest. The ride back was fun; although riding in a nice car and not being able to drive it comes close to torture at times. Oh, well. Such is my life.

We got back around 10:30, and I was incredibly hyper, so I went out and goofed off with a few other disreputable people for awhile. Then I went to bed at 4am, having done nothing productive the whole weekend long. It was great.

Posted by Ardith at October 21, 2003 04:16 PM