Monday, 17 September, 2007
Katushia, Peter and I left the house at 8 AM sharp to head to the market. We stopped for coffee and a quick breakfast and then headed to the Hofah (a supermarket but not American size) 1.5 hours and 2.5 shopping carts later we loaded the truck up and headed back to the house. Later that day a school group (28 young teenage kids and 2 teachers) were to arrive.
After cleaning out the disgusting smelly food from the deep freeze which we then found out had stopped working sometime earlier in the week, we put the groceries away (enough to feed the group for 4 days).
At 1:00 Peter and I left the house and went to pick up the safety climbing gear and a guy named Martin. We then met the busload of city kids and proceeded to lead them climbing over the rocks and through the canyon reaching the Schalklhof 2 hours later. They then got settled into their tee pee’s which will be their home for the next 4 days.
At 5:00 we briefed them on their duties (fire starting, wood cutting, cleaning up, recycling, etc) before they had dinner. At 9:00 we all met in one of the tee pee’s for a little story telling, survival necessities, drum beating and more native spirit stuff. I finally fell exhausted into bed around 10 very satisfied about my new place of existence.