Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
Trip End Apr 07, 2012

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

We woke as we arrived into Flandrau State Park where we had a spot to park the bus for the whole day. After the crazy day in Chicago we had a lovely lazy day ... Chris went for a 45 minute run along the river, only to turn back when he  saw deer tracks and heard rustling in the bushes!!

Annabelle played volleyball in a 9 person per team game – it was Team Extreme v's Team Awesome ... Annabelle’s team lived up to its name and played an extreme match, winning 3 games to 2 (but she doesn’t like to gloat, so we won’t mention the glory laps and team jumping & screaming).  The Americans then tried to introduce Baseball ... all we can conclude is that it is a backwards version of Rounders, it seems to have no logic and is more complicated than it needs to be.  Needless to say the Europeans soon got bored of Baseball and commandeered the bat and ball to start a very exciting game of Rounders.

In the park there was a man-made lake that was great to cool off in.  So after lunch, everyone jumped in and had great fun playing girls v boys 'netball’ and ‘piggy in the middle’.  We then played British Bulldog – for those of you that didn’t play this is the school playground, it’s when you have a group of people on one side of and area, with the aim of crossing to the other side.  The ‘bulldog’ is in the middle and has to tag people.  These people then become bulldogs, and this continues until everyone has been tagged.  There were about 28 of us playing – and we got down to the final 5.  Clearly  we were never going to get through the 23 bulldogs in the middle of the lake, so Annabelle came up with a plan.  We all slowly moved to the edge of the lake, and on the count of 5, instead of swimming forward we scrambled out and ran around the edge – the bulldogs were so slow at reacting we were able to get in at the other side, therefore winning the game.  It was really good fun.

We eventually packed up the us and headed to a local town for our first laundry stop.  This doesn’t sound like a particularly exciting or necessary event, but it was both.  Bearing in mind there are 36 people on this bus, it’s generally in the mid 90’s and are only able to wash every 2-3 days ... by day 5, laundry was a much welcomed evening activity.  The laundry also had WIFI so we booked our tickets for Alcatraz whilst there after receiving tip-off that they sell well in advance, luckily we bagged the last 2 tickets for Sunday 1st August which is our first day in San Francisco, perfect!  Whilst we were on the computers and doing the washing dinner was being set up on the sidewalk outside.  Yep – you read that right, we had a picnic style dinner sitting on the side of the road outside the laundrette.  It was like being in Eastenders.  

We then had a quick drink in a local bar which was a true slice of Americana and managed to get a spot on the back platform of the bus meaning we got a great night’s sleep!!
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