Well, the details!
On the way out to the desert, Shehan, Sarah P., and Melissa drove with us. We talked and listened to Cait’s ipod. When we got out there, we set up tents, played newcome, and then hopped into cars for sand skimming or duning. Then we drove back to the campsite, and some of us loaded up into the pajero again to have driving lessons with the stick shift. When we got back, we sang worship songs under the stars (there were so many of them… it was beautiful out), ate dinner, had S’mores, and played capture the flag. It was a blast… both Nathan and I had cloaks, so sometimes people mistook us for the other, which was funny. The we played games until 1:30, then we played dodge ball for about 10 minutes before heading into our tents for the night. I slept off and on for 4 hours, but only got what totaled 1 hour of sleep. In the morning, we listened to the guys jamming on Richard’s guitar and drum, ate pancakes, commented on how cold we were (it was REALLY cold out there that morning… even around the campfire we were cold), and a few of us had an orange-seed spitting contest. Around 9:30, we went skimming or duning. I went skimming again, because I can’t go duning without getting sick. I didn’t actually skim that day, though, because I was so tired and knew I wouldn’t be able to enjoy it much. I DID find another beetle, though. When we got back to camp, we packed up and sat around jamming for a while. I played the guitar some, which was really fun.
Tuesday-Wednesday of this week we went up to Musandam, Oman. The first day we went to a beach to get shells, went swimming, ate dinner, and played Set. The second day we packed up and went on a dhow cruise. On the dhow, we saw dolphins, sharks, jellyfish, angel fish, parrot fish, sea urchins, and a bunch of other stuff. The scenery was really great, and I found out that I love sailing, more so than flying. On the way back to the dock, it started to rain, then it began to pour. So we were out on a dhow, rocking back and forth, all in the middle of the boat… and Cait and I were singing the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Yes, I know, we’re so comforting, aren’t we? During the drive home, we stopped at another beach and got some more shells, and got lost in Rasal khyme (sp?). It was fun, though, and getting lost meant we were able to read more of The Bronze Ladder.
Last night we played Settlers with everyone minus Grampa and Candace. Mommy and Daddy tied for first because we couldn’t finish the game, and Cait and I tied for second. It got kinda boring, and we had no conversation other than about the game going on, but it was still fun.