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Saturday, May 30, 2009

This morning, we had to wake up at 5 AM (!!!!) for our flight at 8:40 to Alice Springs. We left Hotel Ibis and Melbourne. After our 3 hour flight and Mrs. Jensen talking about ginger beer for the whole flight (HAHA) we finally landed in Alice Springs. We set off to the Ooraminna Bush Camp but were stopped about 1/4 of a mile later because our bus is too heavy and would get stuck in all the mud because we managed to make it to the outback on one of the ten rainy days they have in one year. While waiting for 1 hour to get a 4 weel bus, we played a couple of games to make the time pass. After finally arriving at the Ooraminna Station, we had some lunch. Then, we baked some traditional "outback bread", which is only made of water and flour. After that, we seperated into two groups to learn how to whipcrack and to learn to build swags. Then, we rotated so we all had a chance to do both acrtivities. Swags are like canvas sleeping bags. There is a foam matress, shets, a pillow, and a sleeping bag. It is put together a specific way, so it almost feels like a bed. The whipcracking was harder then I imagined. I tried a couple of diffrent tequniques but finally got the hang of it. Now I can crack a whip :). After building the swags and whipcracking, we got to taste some of the bread we made. It was better than I imagined considering it was only made of water and flour. After that, we went out for a walk. We climbed many of the rocks and had a really good time. Afterwards, we had some dinner and headed down into our swags. Because it had been drizziling all day, we had to sleep under a shed, instead of under the stars :( :( :(. It was still realy cool though to snuggle up around the fire and get some despratly needed sleep.

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Essential Programs Details

Duration 14 days
When May 25th - June 7th, 2009
Focus Marine Biology
Conservation/Wildlife
Aboriginal Culture