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Deir El Qamar
There are a lot of places I haven’t been to before, but one I have always wanted to go to is Deir El Qamar. Why? Well, because everybody keeps talking about it which makes me want to go there. Then suddenly on the first day of school, I found out that I was going to Deir El Qamar for the first time ever and what’s better, my class was going to sleep there!!
I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to get there, but here I was finally; in Deir El Qamar. It was full of nature. There were birds flying over me, lizards were crawling under me, ants and bees were all over the place. At first I was scared, because I HATE bee’s!! But staying in Deir El Qamar for two days, trust me, you’ll get used to it. At first I didn’t like the smell, because it was the smell of dog pooh, but that was before we got the camp ground. When we got to the camp ground, I looked around a bit. I took some photos, and then later I had a small snack and went and sat so that the field trip coordinators, Coach Wissam and Mr. Andre, could teach my class and I on how to pitch a tent. After a short explanation they told us, “Now go off and try to pitch your own tent. Call us if you need help!” I set off with my friends to pitch our tent. First I looked for a place that didn’t have a lot of rocks on the ground so that I could have a nice sleep without my back getting hurt. Then when I removed the left over rocks, I got the bag and the tools that my team needed to pitch a tent. I got out the inner tent and the tent poles and tried to get the tent in shape. My friend and I slowly slid the poles through the holes, but we had to be careful, because if one of us pulled we would take apart the poles. Deir El Qamar was very COLD so I stopped for a second and put on my jacket, then I continued. When I slid the poles in, I buckled the end of the poles too holes and slowly each girl held a pole from the bottom and pulled it up…….my team got up the inner tent!!!My friends, Maya, Alya, Suh-Hye, Yara and I all thought it was cool because it was the first time I had pitched a tent! Then I stopped them and said “OK guys cut it out. If we want to finish first we’ve got to work fast!”I got out the cover and threw it over the inner tent just in case it rained. We would be safe. Then once my team threw it over and fixed it, I fastened it to the buckle so that the cover wouldn’t fly off. And last but not least, I had to do something so that the tent itself wouldn’t move. Each girl dug 3 little holes and in each hole I put a stake. I attached the lines of the tent to the top of each stake.
When my team and I were done, I cleaned everything up and ran to coach Wissam screaming “WERE DONE!!!!” He looked at me as if he just heard a group of elephants trumpeting right through his ears. He cleared them out and said “Let me go see.” He came and saw our tent and said “I see you’ve done a good job. Let’s see if anyone needs help,”
“Does anyone need help because these girls right here can help you?” He asked around. Several students raised their hands, I went and helped them. Later we played games and had lunch. It was one of the best experiences ever! Because this was the first time I’ve ever camped. I felt so happy I wanted to show it by jumping up and down but I couldn’t because it would ruin all the fun so I kept it in me I hope I can do it again. Not only because it’s fun, but also because I learned new stuff and experienced nature for the first time especially with my friends. And that stuff will for sure help me in my daily life like pitching a tent with my friends!
Article posted December 9, 2010 at 06:22 AM •
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