EW.com excerpts Ramona’s ”Survivor” diary. Here, Days 9 and 10.
THE GOOD NEWS IS we KICKED ASS in the immunity challenge this morning!! Yeah, baby! Three more days. I just had one of the most incredible experiences of all since I’ve been here — a mud bath in a natural occurring mud volcano! OH MY GOD! It was UNBELIEVABLE! I was a little hesitant at first, but then I figured, what the heck — have fun and enjoy it while I’m here. It would cost me at least $100 in a spa and I’m getting it FREE in nature. You can’t beat that. We all trekked through the jungle about a half mile to get there, but it was well worth the hike. When we got back, we allowed it to mostly dry and then went into the ocean to wash it all off. WHY was the ocean water WARM?? It was PERFECT. No spa treatment will ever beat that! Another good thing that came out of it was the bonding that occurred. But again, MY SKIN FELT SO MUCH BETTER ONCE I RINSED OFF. IT WAS DIVINE! Thank you, Jesus!
WE HAD THE WORST NIGHT EVER!
At first it was only God putting on a light show; the lightning was beautiful and I watched it in awe until we all went to bed. AND THEN IT HAPPENED: THE FLOOD. There wasn’t really a flood, but it rained all night and every inch of me was soaked — all of us were. It was hot, humid, wet, and cold all at the same time. UGH!
We made the decision during breakfast — we had to rebuild. So WE DID IT. We took the entire structure apart, scouted the beach, and found a new spot around the corner from the latrine and rebuilt. It took all day long with everyone bustin’ their butts, but we did it. It’s a lean-to, smaller, but very sturdy and comfortable.
In other news: Jenna’s ”cheerleader” attitude is slowly working my nerves — I’m all for feeling good and having a positive attitude/ outlook, but she has taken it WAY over the top! Everything is GREAT! Or she’s doing GREAT! Or feeling GREAT! Even when she’s throwing up. I’m like, ”ALRIGHT, ALREADY! GIVE IT A BREAK!” It’s just not normal and it’s now on the verge of being an act. And for the record, I HATE IT. I need her to come down a couple of octaves.
Joel dug a little trench at the mouth of our lagoon and voilà: We had Pagong Falls! It was absolutely incredible. I keep using ”amazing,” ”incredible,” ”beautiful,” and ”unbelievable” becuz that’s just how sharp and clear and vivid everything is here. And even those words don’t do the events or pictures or thoughts justice! So, anyway, the mouth slowly opened and got bigger as the lagoon emptied out into the sea, taking huge logs and the like along with it; the only not so good thing was the smell — GEEZ! If I wasn’t certain before, I knew afterward that there’d been some NASTY shit in that lagoon! So, now we’re left with a lagoon bed with a small stream running through it.
We got mail: a note telling us to send one person to test out tomorrow’s reward [challenge]. We sent Jenna. She was gone about two hours, but when she came back she had our reward challenge note. Basically, we had to build a sign, signal, message in the sand, and a plane would fly over. The team with the best one (clear, imaginative, easy to read and understand) would win. We settled on the smiley face; I think it’s a good choice cuz it’s simple and easy to read and interpret.
We spent our first night in the new hut. Come back tomorrow as EW.com continues to post exclusive diary entries that will appear in this week’s EW, on newstands Friday, July 21. Or see yesterday’s entry on EW.com — visit our ”Survivor” hub page.