Office Outing - Planning surprises
This outing planning had its own complications. Some of which is described in the prelude (here).
The rest were all surprises that followed.
Getting the guys together
One big question of an office outing is should it be short (no night stay) or should it be long. The married guys (a minority in our group) wanted a short one as they either had issues bringing family and/or dint want to be away without family. There were few who were lazy to go on an outing (short or long). There were few more (including me) who dint want to back off at the last moment so voted out of the outing. After the first round of mails for acceptance, we ended up having 6 out of 18 who were really interested in going. And one third of the team going on a team outing was not acceptable. A meeting was called up so that everybody justifies the reason of not going and if the majority convinces the other we shall go with the majority (outing or no outing).
Now is that confusing!!!
Anyways to cut the long story short, after half an hr of discussion, lot of non-goers and lazy people were convinced to come (as they dint have right justification), couple of married guys who wouldnt make it to an outing (short or long) were left out and the rest of the non-bachelors agreed to bring their wives.
Too many longs and shorts so far.. :P
Destination: Rishikesh - Camping and River rafting and associated activities that is organized alongwith.
Coordinator: Manjul + Naveen + I guess a few more
Rounds of phone calls to different vendors, getting quotations and analyzing the options, one vendor was finalized. Booking done over the phone. Planned dates - 18th and 19th September.
Rumours spread that rafting in Rishikesh is banned for few days. Some said it was due to the sudden downpour. Some brought the news that there was some strike going on by the rafting organizers.
Are we going to be worried by rumours? No way. Outing was ours and we shall go.
Coordinators after many phone calls got the real news out of the vendor. Chances of rafting are slim!!! Now was the real action that need to be commended. The coordinators did all that they do to finish off bugs before the release date. Am I exagerating??
Well it was almost the same. Google searches, alternate destinations, more google searches for new vendors, phone calls, more googling. In a matter of few hrs our destination has changed.
Destination: Mussourie. A few rounds of discussion at the cafeteria about the new destination. "What do we do in mussourie?" "It is a boring place", "I have been there".
Well the fact was Mussourie was the nearest known location.
Real Destination: Chamba/Dhanaulti - somewhere in between the two.
All bookings done. We shall reach leave on Thursday (17th) night.
Transport: Tempo Traveller (Surprise. 4 team members would come on bikes)
Reach our camp on 18th morning.
Spend the day doing activities (no one was sure of what)
Stay in tents at night
Return journey on 19th morning (starting after breakfast)
Wonderful. And there we go!!!
This is getting to be longer than I had expected. Rest in the next post here.