Chapter 2: Camping Rocks!

After helping the baby ducks back to their mother, Barney, Snoopy, the Beagle Scouts, and the kids returned to the camp site. "Barney, not that I don't like our make believe trips, but why can't we have such trips where we can just stay home or at school? Being new places can make me nervous and scared." Marcie asked.

"Well we could stay home, but it would be more fun to go to new places." Barney smiled.

"Why?" Marcie asked. Peppermint Patty rolled her eyes at her friend as if to say, 'Do I really need to explain?'

"If you want a better life, Marcie, sometimes it's best to use your imagination and cross another desert, or an ocean, or a river, or a mountain." Peppermint Patty smiled. "Sometimes your life can be changed, by crossing a crowded classroom and pretending it to be a tightrope at the circus."

"That's a romantic thought, Sir." Marcie smiled. "Is it original?"

"I don't think so. And stop calling me sir." Peppermint Patty said with a yawn.

"You know Barney, one of my favorite things to do while camping is singing songs around the fire." Kathy smiled.

"Well, alright then everybody. I'll keep time while you sing!" Barney smiled. "Hey Snoopy, why don't you give me some help?" Snoopy smiled as he grabbed his mouth harp and began to play a song.

Barney:

Boom da, boom da, boom da, boom da, boom da, boom da, boom da, boom da.

Barney's Friends and Peanuts Gang:

Sarasponda, sarasponda, sarasponda ret set, set.

Sarasponda, sarasponda, sarasponda ret set, set.

Ah do ray oh, ah do ray boom day oh.

Ah do ray boom day ret set, set,

Ah say pa say oh.

Barney, Barney's Friends, and Peanuts Gang:

Boom da, boom da, boom da, boom da.

Sarasponda, sarasponda, sarasponda ret set, set.

Sarasponda, sarasponda, sarasponda ret set, set.

Ah do ray oh, ah do ray boom day oh.

Ah do ray boom day ret set, set,

Ah say pa say oh.

"One of my favorite things to do when I go camping is look for new rocks." Charlie Brown explained.

"Why though?" Violet scoffed. "You have Halloween bags full of rocks!"

"I know, so now I collect all sorts of rocks and keep them in a box at home." Charlie Brown explained.

"I can testify." Sally agreed.

"He has a tee-riffic collection of rocks too." Barney smiled.

"I wonder if we can see any rocks." Marcie suggested.

"I can see LOTS of them by the firelight, Marcie." Tosha said.

"I wonder if there are any geodes-that's a special kind of rock." Marcie smiled.

"That's a great idea, Space Cadet Marcie!" Heather exclaimed.

"Yeah! I always wanted to find geodes." Charlie Brown smiled.

"We'll help you find some." Tosha smiled.

"And if we find one I'll show you what's inside one." Charlie Brown added.

"Whoa!" now everyone was excited to look for geodes.

"We're going on a rock hunt!" Barney giggled.

Barney, Barney's friends and Peanuts Gang:

We see a lot of rocks,

'Cause they're all around.

There are big ones and

Little ones on the ground.

There are dark ones, light ones,

Even green and white ones.

We like rocks.

They come in different shapes;

Some round, some square.

Now, I wonder if a rock

Could grow some hair.

That's a silly question,

but we don't care,

Because we like rocks.

Now if we played them like instruments,

I guess you could say

That we were in a rock band. Hey, hey, hey!

I'm glad we found the rocks,

'Cause all we can say is that we like rocks!

"Here's a pretty rock for you, Charlie Brown." Min smiled.

"Thanks." Charlie Brown smiled.

"Look at this one, baby." Heather exclaimed. "I know it's broken in half, but it looks real pretty."

"It's sort of sparkly." Kathy commented.

"Neat. I DON'T have any like these." Charlie Brown commented.

"I still have a question about camping outside." Marcie sighed.

"What is it?" Tosha wondered.

"Well…what my question is is...if…if…" Marcie began, yawning. "Wow. What time is it?"

"Who brought a watch?" Linus asked. Everyone shrugged. "I'm usually in bed at 7:30."

Woodstock giggled as a bird caught his attention. The bird was laughing.

"I have a question too, Marcie. What's that?" Tosha asked.

"An Australian bird…can't remember its name though." Marcie shrugged.

"Maybe it's a kookaburra." Barney suggested.

"That's it! His call makes it sound like he's laughing." Marcie smiled.

"That's cool." Peppermint Patty smiled, closing her eyes for a few minutes.

Barney:

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,

Merry, merry king of the bush is he.

Laugh, kookaburra, laugh, kookaburra.

Gay your life must be.

Barney, Barney's friends and Peanuts Gang:

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,

Eating all the gumdrops he can see.

Stop, kookaburra, stop, kookaburra.

Leave some there for me.

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,

Merry, merry king of the bush is he.

Laugh, kookaburra, laugh, kookaburra.

Gay your life must be.

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,

Eating all the gumdrops he can see.

Stop, kookaburra, stop, kookaburra.

Leave some there for me.

"Listen!" Sally exclaimed as she and Kathy heard some noises. "What is that?"

"That's Snoopy's laughing." Charlie Brown explained.

"And that sound." Kathy added. "What is it?"

"If I had to guess, the sound of Beagle Scouts." Violet shrugged.

"And that big, mean, scary sound?" Sally exclaimed.

"It sounds like a bear." Kathy gulped.

"That's Peppermint Patty's snoring." Marcie laughed.

"I forgot." Kathy shrugged.

"What's THAT sound?" Sally asked as everyone else heard a rustling noise.

"It sounds like something hopping." Violet commented.

"It's coming from over here." Luci explained.

"Hold me, Sweet Babboo." Sally trembled as Linus did so.

"Hey everybody! Look who just hopped into our tent." Luci smiled.

"I wonder what it is." Marcie told Tosha.

"It's a bunny rabbit." Tosha smiled. "Isn't he sweet?"

"So it is." Marcie realized. "He reminds me of a song about a bunny rabbit."

"I think I know the one you're talking about." Barney smiled.

"Me too." Luci smiled.

Luci:

Little cabin in the forest green

Little Herbie by the window screen.

Saw a rabbit hopping by

Knocking at the door.

Marcie:

"Help me! Help me!" was her plea.

"Before the hungry fox catches me."

Luci and Marcie:

Little rabbit come inside.

Safely to abide.

"That's great, Luci." Barney smiled

"That's great singing, Marcie." Linus smiled.

"Now let's all do it together." Charlie Brown suggested. "But faster, this time."

Barney's friends and Peanuts Gang (except Charlie Brown):

Little cabin in the forest green

Little Herbie by the window screen.

Saw a rabbit hopping by

Knocking at the door.

Charlie Brown:

"Help me! Help me!" was his plea.

"Before the hungry fox catches me."

Barney's friends and Peanuts Gang:

Little rabbit come inside.

Safely to abide.

Safely to abide.

Safely to abide.