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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.

sunrise on the outback
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.

 

When we headed back to the farm we learned how to crack a cattle whip.

campfire under the stars
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.

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This is my best kangaroo picture
This is my best kangaroo picture
sunrise on the outback
sunrise on the outback
campfire under the stars
campfire under the stars
well
well
sunrise
sunrise
Can you spot the kangaroos?
Can you spot the kangaroos?
cows
cows
testing for a water source
testing for a water source
cows
cows
cows
cows
look closely, they are towards the…
look closely, they are towards th…
billabong
billabong
smoko
smoko
dried up river bed
dried up river bed
bush
bush
bush
bush
cow
cow
waddle
waddle
Farm Stay
Farm Stay
A captured wild pig
A captured wild pig
Jill and I on our tour of the Traf…
Jill and I on our tour of the Tra…
Surf Carnival
Surf Carnival
Tug of war
Tug of war
shoe throwing competition
shoe throwing competition
kangaroo on the left
kangaroo on the left
Me hurting myself with the cattle …
Me hurting myself with the cattle…
Jill cracking the whip
Jill cracking the whip
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