February 16, 2008

Picnic at Singing Dunes Part 2

Picnic at Singing Dunes Part 1
How to create sound from the dunes

The Picnic
It's almost dark when I finally went back to our picnic area. By the time we started dinner, the sandstorm was stronger. We didn't set-up a bonfire anymore and we have limited lamps so it's a little bit dark around. Even if I don't see it, I'm sure we're eating dust and sand with our food! Despite the uncooperative weather, everyone enjoyed the picnic dinner. It could have been more fun and exciting if the weather is much better. We pack our things and left immediately after dinner. On our way back, the sandstorm got worse and visibility is reduced. We could feel the gusty wind while on the road.

Arriving Home Safely
As soon as I got home, I took a shower and washed my eyes several times. There's so much sand washed from my hair and ears. After several washings, my eyes is still uncomfortable. I feel grains of sand are trapped in my eyes. I applied saline solution to my eyes to ease the discomfort and pain but it didn't help. My legs and feet are also sore. I slept early hoping a good rest will take the pain and discomfort away.

The Day After
My eyes are still uncomfortable when I woke up. My husband and I decided to visit an opthalmologist. The doctor's diagnosis was allergic conjunctivitis. He gave me some eye drops. Hopefully, the discomfort will go away.

Some Tips
If you haven't been to the singing dunes yet, try to visit while the weather is still perfect for outdoor picnics. Here are some tips.

  1. Go in groups for safety and security.

  2. Prepare for the trip well. Make sure that you know where to go. If not sure about directions, join the convoy instead.

  3. Don't forget to charge the mobile phone, bring the map and the mobile numbers of the people joining the trip.

  4. Make sure you are equipped. Bring first aid kits and camping/picnic essentials. If you plan to stay after sunset, bring lamps, lights, jackets.

  5. There's no washroom so it can be a challenge during calls of nature.

  6. Bring safety glasses for eye protection in case of harsh weather conditions. Sunglasses is not enough and it's useless after sunset.

  7. Check the weather before the trip. I was kidding that we should have done a safety risk assessment to address possible safety hazards but apparently, my boss did a security/safety plan except the sandstorm is really unexpected.
Even if the weather didn't cooperate I would say that our first social gathering was successful! It gave us the oppurtunity to get to know each other, have fun together and enjoy!

Do you like camping? Any tips for our next camping/picnic? What outdoor activity do you enjoy?

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Picnic at Singing Dunes Part 1
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