The Rookie Blessed Adventure (1): The Great Anticipation
Pre July 8, 2001
Since Bang Jeha told me that there was still a place to join the camping and canoeing trip to Killarney and Georgian Bay, I was already excited. I always followed his canoeing story since I joined Serviam Apostolate e-groups, and always wondered whether those stories are as beautiful and interesting as the real experience. *smile*
We, the would-be campers of this trip, exchanged e-mails almost everyday. It’s always nice to see our plan unfolded as time went by – meal plan, route plan, etc.
First I got the personal checklist of things to be brought during this trip from Bang Jeha. Then, another very descriptive information from Ayrin. All summed up to say: packed up as simple and complete but as little as possible. At this moment, I felt so sorry that I didn’t have my ‘beloved’ hiking backpack with me – it’s still in Jakarta! But, it gave me reason to shop and look for things to be used in this trip. *smile*
First, the Therma-rest – the mattress for comfy camping. Since I’m a member of MEC, I shopped there first. I definitely agree with Bang Jeha, this is an ideal store for outdoor activities. I wished I had something like this when I studied geology or when I was just a new geologist in Indonesia. After I got this full-length ultra-lite Therma-rest at MEC, I still visited the other store across MEC, i.e. Europe Bound— you know folks, women are never satisfied until they’ve felt that they have a real worth bargain. *smile* Unfortunately, this store sold the same Therma-rest at about $10 less than that at MEC! But, again my good nature (translated: laziness) won, I didn’t go back to MEC to return it. *smile* May it help developers to create more sophisticated gears for outdoor activities.
I prepared the meals two days before the D-day. They were “ayam panggang”* and “babi kecap”*. Actually I liked to make “dendeng balado”* and “hati-telur-kentang kecap”* but considering Bang Jeha always whining about spicy/hot meal and one “bule” from Ottawa that may never eat chicken or beef liver in his life, I settled for the less risky options. *smile*
Every night in my sleep I prayed that it would be my first memorable trip— that’s why I called this part “The Great Anticipation!” You know why Bang Jeha made fun of me in his story about went to retreat before this trip? Well, the truth is I took an already planned recollection with Mudika and Father Blasius a day before the D-day so I could ask Him for a perfect trip… kidding guys. *smile*
The other anticipation was to know my fellow campers that I’d never met before. One was called “Cak I” and the other “Oom J”. Did you know what I had in my mind? “Cak I” would be a dark East Javanese who’d always make fun of everybody just as many of my East Javanese friends that I have in Indonesia (that’s why I asked Bang Jeha, whether any camper not allowed to eat pork). And, “Oom J” would be a middle-aged man with silvery hair who likes outdoor activities!
So much for this anticipation on the night before the D-day I stopped by Ayrin/Trisna residence to meet them. And, I guessed it wrong, dead wrong. *smile* All young girls, don’t envy me – I would be going for this interior camping and canoeing trip with two of the finest young men, something to look forward to beside Mother Nature! Ha, ha, ha…. mind you girls, it’s worth it cause you’d have a ‘superb’ surprise. Psst, I’ll tell you later… So, sit tight and enjoy my story!
Till the next episodes:
The First Most Anticipated Meeting with Killarney (July 8, 2001)
Drinking the Love Concoction (July 9, 2001)
The Garden of God (July 10, 2001)
The Nice Intermission (July 11, 2001)
Scooping Stars (July 12, 2001)
The Serene Soliloquy (July 13, 2001)
The Wish Comes True (July 14, 2001)
Note: “ayam panggang”*, “babi kecap”*, “dendeng balado”*, “hati-telur-kentang kecap”* are variety of food from Indonesia. These are not food that people can find everywhere, except for “dendeng balado”. There are hundreds kinds of food from Indonesia resulted from blending the local food and ingredients and outside influence (Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese, Arabs).