Day 12: Camping Trip
Today's highlight was the hiking trip that we've planned for today's evening activity. The morning was a normal schedule, but we left at 6:30 with our tents, bags, clothes, hiking boots, bikes, dinner (packed in a plasitc container) and some other necessities. Our way there was very bumpy and rough. It was about a 35 minute bike ride to the campsite, and on our way there, a part of the road was completely flooded. We had to walk our biked through the area, and by the time we got through, our hiking shoes and pants were completely wet. The campsite was right by the Erhai Lake, which gave us a nice breeze.
It didn't take Christina and I a long time to put up the tent. We quickly got things organized and hopped into the tent. The tent wasn't as big as I thought it would be, but it was very cozy and warm to be inside of. A new and strange experience that I've had today was using the sandy ground as my restroom. That was something new! Even though dinner was cold, we all ate it hungrily as we chatted on the rock table. I have never been camping before, so all of these steps and processes felt brand new and unfamiliar to me. But I was lucky to have 15 other students and 2 chaperones to help me out with the process, which made everything go very smoothly. I unfolded my sleeping bag, changed into PJs, hoping I wouldn't wake up with lots of cramps all over my body.