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Dragon boats

Monday, August 10, 2009

This morning we awoke with much excitement. We were moving our adventures to another part of the country of China. There we would explore the culture more and reach the Great Wall. We boarded our motor coaches for the Dragon Boats! We split the group up into two perfectly even groups and raced to the finish. These boats resembled combination of designs of crew boats and canoes. They were completely man-powered and were difficult to maneuver. Yes, we did get a little wet too! Lunch was at a beautiful country club. Before we ate we played bad-mitten, basketball, Frisbee, and of course, ping pong. Lunch was on the deck with another plethora of Chinese cuisine choices. We boarded our motor coach once again and headed for a adorable little Mongolian village. We trekked through the village; even stopping at an active temple. And dinner was the best. We were seated within a Mongolian Yurt and we were sung to and had quite a party! But the night did not end there! We then grabbed all our overnight backpacks and set out for camping under the Great Wall. We hiked about 15 minutes or so to the camp site. There we each set up our tents and got situated for the evening. We looked up to see the Wall above the sky line. Tomorrow we conquer it!


Karen Wells said...

As I was reading your post, I thought about the cardboard boat races we have in our area. People make their own boats out of cardboard and the one that "survives" the longest in the water wins. So much fun!!! Your dragon boats were a lot studier than our cardboard ones but fun all the same.

Changing Connections said...

I love your spirit--that you know going into an experience it will challenge but that you will conquer it. Never lose that perspective in life. After all, when you climb the Great Wall, you become a hero--forever.

RJ Stangherlin
PA DEN Leadership Council Blog Coordinator

Essential Programs Details

Duration 15 days
When August 1st - 14th, 2009
Focus History/Culture
Martial Arts
Modern/Ancient Architecture