Goodbye Amazing Countryside! 2021.03.11
The day before had been hectic. Setting up the campsite had been difficult and even more so because of the rain. We had finally set up, eaten a few meals and hung out during the night. The night’s sleep had been uncomfortable as it was cold and my choice of accommodation was cramped. The next morning dawned bright and beautiful with possibilities. Our relaxing morning quickly picked up the pace as we were notified by a newly arrived party that the spot we had occupied had already been booked for the Sunday by them. This piece of news set the rousing of all sleeping members into motion as all hands were needed on deck to break down the camp, load the cars and relocate to a new site. It took a little while but soon everything was set up on the opposite side and we were clamouring for some kind of meal for our empty stomach as a reward for our hard work. The men set up the pit and started working on diminishing the stock of fresh food that had been brought. Yaki soba was cooked, followed by barbecued sausages and meat. Drinks passed all around as we tried to enjoy the last day there. The rushing water in the river below beckoned and we all waded in to enjoy some cold water therapy and try skipping some rocks. The sun came down and scorched the exposed part of my body but I did not mind. It was beautiful and peaceful just sitting among the rocks, dangling my feet in the water with the music of gushing water to accompany the scene. I was a little tired by then and crawled into the tent closest to me. I promptly fell asleep but was intermittently awakened by the laughter and ribbing coming from my housemates as they enjoyed a fun game of frisbee. I can confess that throwing and catching a frisbee requires skill I did not expect. My nap was interrupted by the leader advising that we needed to start preparations for leaving. It was getting close to the time we needed to exit the camping area. My friend and I volunteered to wade into the cold waters and wash the mud off the picnic blankets and whatever else needed to be cleaned. Everyone pitched in and soon everything was packed up, we were in the cars and leaving the breathtaking mountain and nature scenery behind. We pit stopped once to have some fun and take advantage of picture-taking on a bridge. It was overall a good memory. Lots of work, I must say but a great first experience.
I'm like a chihuahua. Small but fierce and full of energy. I'm generally a positive person and try to make the best of each day.