Sunday, 12 June 2011

What Happens On Tour Stays On Tour... Most of the time. ;)

Yesterday I got back from the 5 day Music Road Trip to Dubbo, and I must say, those must have been the fastest 5 days of my life! (Or maybe the second fastest... second to New Cal. :P)

So... A kinda-early start to our trip – arrive at 7:30 at school to pack the instruments into the buses. Mainly percussion. Cause we're cool like that. :D Anyhow, we finished at about 8 or so, and we left for our first stop at 8:20am.
LOL. (Taxed off Cheddar)
Our first stop for the day was Echo Point, the Three Sisters' Lookout at Katoomba. We were allowed 30 minutes to get things to eat and to check out the epic scenery. There was a candy store, so naturally our school bombarded the place. It was pretty cool, and they had some weird-ass lollies... Anyone want some Chicken Feet? Camel Balls?!
The second stop of the day was lunch at Orange. We were dropped off in the middle of a park or something, so we had to walk around for food and supplies. There was a Coles, so naturally, our school managed to buy out half of the confectionary aisle. We bought a box of Froot Loops (LOL), as well as our beautiful Trivia Night costumes at Kmart. However, we ended up  running late, and when we got to the bus, we were greeted by an angry teacher... We were never late again.
Dinner was lasagne, but it had no tomato sauce-iness! It was a little strange, but it was edible.
Our first night activity for the week was movie night. We watched Tangled. :D It was goooooood (I know you guys are happy... :L). I think we finished at about 9 or so, and I think we were all asleep by about 11:30.
Oh yeah, there was an epic pretty sunset!! Omg. It was magical... :')

Haha, I think this captures it... :3


Day 2 was a little more eventful. After a 6:15 breakfast start (OMFG *ragequit*), we left at 7:15 for Manildra Memorial Hall, 2 hours away from our cabins. Setting up for the concerts was probably the hardest and annoying things that we had to do. It was cold, the equipment was cold, and we had to do it repeatedly. -.-" Anyhow, we performed for 3 local primary schools at Manildra before leaving for Parkes Public School at 12pm. We finished everything and got back to the cabins at 5 something...
After dinner (roast chicken with stuff), we went to the Dubbo Observatory to look at the stars~ I'm sure it would have been a beautiful sight, except for the fact that it was overcast... DAMMIT. It always happens, doesn't it? :L Despite this major minor hiccup, we still managed to have a good time - there were some... 'interesting' books for sale... Heh. ;)


Wednesday was a considerably more fun day, in my opinion. I woke up late... *shifty*. Our one and only performance for the day was at Orange for Bowen and Clergate Public Schools, which was pretty fun, like all other performances. 
After a quick lunch, we left for Dubbo Western Plains Zoo. HECK YES! The three of us hired bikes, and it took us half an hour to figure out how to ride a bike properly... :L We had a great time taking photos of stuff people normally wouldn't... (pictures soon!) 2.5 hours had never flown by so quickly, and we were back at the cabins by 4:30. After dinner, we went *drumroll...*
Bowling!! YEAAAAAAH!!
I know, I hear you guys. "How could bowling be that fun?! It's so booooring!" Oh yes, it can be. But not when you've got classic music blasting out and you're in the company of the most fun bunch of people you could find! It was absolutely insane - we were pretty much dancing up the lanes! Trippy lights are also pretty good at helping people have a good time. :D After a bit of a dance off, and a round of "speed bowling" to catch up to the other groups (the lady told us that at the rate we were going, we'd finish an hour after everyone else LOL), I must say we were pretty exhausted, and I think we were asleep by 10:30.

Dancing in two rows lol. I'm not sure what we're doing here; it looks like The Nutbush. LOL

Once again, we were up and out on the buses by 7am, and today we headed out to Molong Central school for our first performance of the day. It was different to the other schools because there were some high school kids in our audience. High school guys, too... It was great - during Stage Band, some kids got up and joined our swaying, which helped break the tension and made the performance even more enjoyable and fun! :D
The next place we went to was Yeoval (lol), and they even provided lunch for us! Instead of the cheese + ham sandwich things we had been getting for the past two days, we got a hot sausage sizzle! But we only got one each. We were starving about 20 minutes after we finished eating... o___o". Anyways, we had our last performance, and I must say, I'm going to miss road trip... Even though I've only been on one! :P
Thursday night was also the Trivia night that Year 11 (us) had to organise. According to the students and teachers, it was a success and most people seemed to enjoy themselves :). We Year 11s dressed up as various Reality TV shows to fit with the theme of 'TV shows'. I was a contestant of 'The Biggest Loser' with Cheddar and Adeline as our trainer. The others were people from 'The Amazing Race', and 'Beauty and the Geek'. Creative lot, we are! :L

LOLOLOLOLOLOL, my fat was in all the wrong places... :L

We got a tiiiiiiiiiiiiny sleep in on our last day - breakfast was at 6:30! :O We still managed to get all of our stuff onto the buses by 8am, and we departed for home. We stopped for 30 minutes at Bathurst, where we, craving savoury food, bought a bag of wedges to eat on the bus. Complete with sweet chilli and sour cream. Ohhhh yeaah. :D
Lunch was at Katoomba. We found this epic cute little restaurant where they sold waffles! Mmmm... :3 

Cinnamon waffles with vanilla icecream: $3.50. Memories of Road Trip: Priceless...
LOL, the door knob was at Cheddar's knees!
From outside... It was a cute place!

That was basically it for the last day. We got back to school at 2:40 or so, and we unpacked the buses (silly percussion instruments - there are so many of them!), and I'm pretty sure we were all glad to be going home...

I know that I will be keeping the memories of road trip in my heart (and on this blog!) for many, many years to come! I'm currently looking for a charm for my Pandora bracelet... Either something music-related, or an elephant... :D

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