So excited that this is the last drive day. I am getting a little stir crazy. The drive today was fine, I had some great conversations, both with some old and new group members. The excitement of the day came when we made a toilet stop in a town. A couple of us decided to try a bar to use toilets instead of the gas station. We ended up being led out back of the bar to what we quickly realized was a brothel. So yeah, I used the toilet in a brothel. It was one of those times I was thankful it was a squat toilet, so I was less likely to touch anything. There were a bunch of small rooms with just beds in them, and a condom dispenser on the wall. Not something I expected to ever do, and not something I would choose to do again, but it adds to the adventure!
When we finally made it to camp tonight, my mood went from pretty high to very low. We were told it would be a basic camp site, which so far has been fine, but I think this camp site is the worst we have ever been. The grounds were soggy and spongy, and the thought of putting up my tent on it was quite grim. The facilities were not much better, two drop toilets which have seen better days, and even though we were close to the road, most of us opted to pee in the woods instead of the toilets. I am embarrassed to say I was a bit of a pre-Madonna, and finagled a way to put our tent up in the school house that we also used as kitchen and lounge area. Not long after we arrived, it started to rain, and I was happy about our tent decision.
Because I was in such a state, I decided to remove myself from the group, to regroup and get in a better place about the situation, so I went and sat on the Lando and read my book. I am glad I did this, as it helped me recover. One of the group members also came and chatted with me for a bit, and I think it helped get me back in the right mind set. I think this was the first time the whole trip that I just couldn’t deal with what was put in front of me, so I am giving myself a bit of a break.
I rejoined the group shortly before dinner, which was cauliflower soup, steak with onions, vegetables and rice. The steak was delicious, well flavored and well cooked. It definitely helped getting me back to a good place.
Tomorrow we will be doing Chimp tracking in the morning, and I am very excited. We are briefed on the activity, which will start at 6am the next morning. We decide on an early night, although my tent buddy and I ended up with a sing along in our tent. It was so much fun! I am not sure the rest of the group enjoyed our singing as much, but it was worth it! We also had some really fun conversations that had me laughing until I was crying. This might be the first time on the trip that I had a really great laugh, and it felt so good! Despite my mood when we arrived at camp, it ended up being such a great night.