What a great day!
The Fun and Monk busses were loaded and we sprinted for the open road as Oxford and a “shopping trip” was calling. Maps were dished out and Explorers were seen counting their money and disappearing into all and every shop. The leaders wandered sedately around some of the awesome sites before settling down for a late pub lunch. On the way back to the bus we found Hawkins Bazaar…gadgets, toys and glow in the dark duck woggles were purchased!
Back at site a fantastic Mexican meal was consumed before the evening activities started…the early film was underway (Mamma Mia), the campfire was lit (huge), our new special glow-lit balloon’s were hung and the musicians in the unit fired up their guitars. Our new friends from Phoenix Explorers (the guys we beat in the rugby) came over to join our campfire fun…one unsuspecting lad (Adam) had the amazing honour to sample at first hand the “Trevethin Hoover” – a 2 minute conversation immediately followed by a quick pounce, a fast cuddle and finally some furious tongue duelling! – nice one Jenny!
We also tried to launch a couple of Chinese lanterns: the 200 point instructions were duly read, the wind was checked (a very slight breeze away from the site towards the open fields, and then the magic touch paper was lit…unfortunately, 20 seconds after launch, the wind gusted and changed direction and sent the flaming lanterns into trees by the carpark…we decided at that point to postpone launching any more aeriel bombs until a more open location can be found!
Our last evening wound down with half the unit enjoying the fire and good conversations with new and old friends and the rest of the Unit laughing their heads off to Jeff Dunham on the DVD before retiring around 1am!