Day 12: Camping
Last night the Extreme team went on a tough biking adventure to a campsite nearby. Many of us hauled large hiking backpacks filled with sleeping bags and tents. We set off at around 7 at night, so we all had to shine our flashlights or headlights in order to see. Lucky for me, just the day before our departure Jacob and I had already biked through these paths. Therefore this gave me an advantage to riding through the bumpy trails, especially with the hiking backpacks that made it a little harder to balance. Upon our arrival, we walked to the edge of the lake and stood there staring at the starry night. It took a little while for our eyes to adjust to the dark, after having everyone's flashlights and headlights shining into our eyes occasionally. Later, Mr. T and Ms. Mai demonstrated how to set up the tents, and during this process there may have been a few puns made. Just maybe. Julia and I finished setting up our tent first and received the approval stamp from Ms. Mai. After everyone finished setting up, the few students who were not staying the night biked back to YZR. The rest of us layered on more clothing as the night and coldness grew upon us. For a while, I laid there in my tent staring up into the sky and listened to Mr. T's talk on stars. It was very helpful to have the laser light because I was then able to see which star he was talking about from my own tent. Not to much later, my eyes began to close up and slowly we snuggled into our warm sleeping bags and fell asleep. In the morning, we were woken up by Mr. T's voice at around 6:50 AM. Everyone quickly scrambled to get up and packed all of their belongings back into their hiking bags. Just like the demonstration on how to set up the sleeping bag, we proceeded back to Mr. T's tent to learn how to disassemble it. Every once in a while we would look over at the mountains to see the sun rising up from behind. It was truly breathtaking, with the birds flying by and the fisherman rowing by. You could hear the birds chirping and water rustling as the pink sun quickly arose over the mountains. The bright sunlight was reflected off the calm waters of Lake Erhai creating a beautiful scenery to watch take place. I absolutely cannot wait for our hiking trip that will be starting this Friday!