If you read my previous post you would possibly realise that I am now home from my camping trip with my college class. (If you didn't, you can read it HERE) Before I get into the trip talk I have an adoption update for those who are interested. When I got home my mum told me that her and dad have been accepted (!!) onto the agency and have been booked onto the 3 day preparation course in November! I'm really happy and excited that we are now another step closer to getting a new member in our family!
So onto the trip. On Monday morning I got to my college at 8:30am even though we didn't leave until nearly half 9! We piled into two mini buses to make the half an hour trip to a camping/outdoor adventure site in a little village. We were introduced to the staff and shown around the site before being split into two groups of 11 and moving on to a load of "team building" activities which I honestly think was a bonding experience for all of us, especially when we are trying to fit 11 people into one hoop and balancing on one leg with each other as support. (weird task, huh?) We had to put our tents up on our own and I'm proud to say that us girls finished our tent first! In the evening we had a reasonable dinner then played 40:40 in in the woods and did a little bit of archery before heading back to our tents to have some free time.
On Tuesday we were woken up at 8am and surprisingly the girls were quite awake however achy from sleeping in the tent, on a stupidly windy night. We had breakfast, showered and then went to another outdoor centre to do canoeing, high ropes and rock climbing which is part of the assignment we are studying for. We spent an hour and a half in a canoe first learning how to paddle, change direction and chase an angry male swan up the river led by our instructor. We had to capsize our canoe into a river so cold it was like taking an ice bath! I could barely swim back I was so cold. Once we had dried off, changed and ate lunch we moved onto the land based activities rock climbing and the high ropes, soo much fun! We also managed to fit 11 people into a 6 person tent that evening, it kept our tent warm when it rained!
Today was our last day, we were less reluctant to get up as it was freezing outside and we were completely worn out from the day before. We had to pack all our stuff up and try and shove our sleeping bags into those ridiculously small bags they come in (anyone else think that's stupid?) We then went to another village close by which was actually the village my grandma lives in, strange, to do battlefield live which is a bit like quasar but in the woods, until about 3 then we got back on our mini buses to come back to college.
I am now in the comfort of my own home writing this blog, waiting for my chinese food!