This is my best kangaroo picture
I woke up a little grumpy after barely sleeping. John decided to get out of bed at 2am to stoke the fire and bang doors and make coffee and play in a marching band and run a jackhammer. Okay maybe it wasn’t that bad. Luckily the farm stay family had a lot of fun in store for us. We loaded onto the backs of these big trucks for a tour of their property. We were bumped around as we took in the scenery. We saw tons of kangaroos. It was crazy to see them hopping around. We even saw some wild pigs which I learned were a problem because there are not native to Australia. We stopped at a well. Roger showed us how to find a water source using a stick. Only about 1 in 10 people have enough static electricity in their body to do it.
I am not one of those people. Some of the students were able to do it. After the well we went to have “Smoko” or morning tea at a billabong. A billabong is a watering hole for animals. Roger cooked the tea over a campfire. We also had bread and jam. I am a big fan of this morning tea thing. I think I am going to have to bring it back to the states considering I am never one to miss a snack time. We drove around more of the property before heading home for lunch. Roger showed us the national tree called “Waddle”. It is yellow and green which is why Australia’s Olympic colors are yellow and green. After lunch we went to a dried up river bank that was all sand. There we had a surf carnival. It was a bunch of relay races for the students to do. Each of the leaders picked a team to route for so it made it fun to watch.
sunrise on the outback
When we headed back to the farm we learned how to crack a cattle whip.
I was not good at it. I kept hitting myself in the back. It really hurt! Before dinner we all went to work on our talent show routine. The leaders all decided we would sing and choreograph a routine to “Run to Paradise”, our Australian song that Dion kept playing for us. It was so funny making up this silly routine. We laughed so hard practicing it. After dinner we had a big bonfire and did our talent show. Some of the students showcased real talents others were just being silly. I was actually quite disappointed with a lot of the student’s lack of participation. Our routine did not go very well because we couldn’t see the words to the song in the dark. It was well worth the laughs during practice though. Following the sad little talent show Roger and Maddy played some songs on the guitar. We all sang along and danced by the fire. The stars were crystal clear and right before we left for bed I saw a shooting star.
campfire under the stars