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Barnacles at East CapeThis weekend was parent visiting weekend. We all got to see our parents for the first time in five weeks. We were all picked up by our parents and taken away for the weekend.  I was really excited about seeing my parents after not seeing them face to face for so long.

Everyone was really happy to see their families and I think everyone had a great weekend. Most of us went to Lakes Entrance and we saw a lot of people from the campus. Some of us were at the same hotel or going to the same restaurant. I went down to some shops and got some new shoes and stocked up on some Aeroguard.  I also went to the beach and had a look in the Pete’s shop who is one of our surf instructors. We went swimming and had some nice quiet time with my family. I called some of my friends as well to see how they were doing and what news was like back home.

On Sunday I think everyone knew it was nearly time to say good bye to our families again so we made the most of it. I took my parents to Salmon Rocks, which is where we did photography, it was really pretty there. I took some great shots of the water and the rocks.  We then travelled to East Cape, which is where we go surfing. We saw heaps of people from the campus and even some teachers who were either surfing or just soaking up the beautiful scenery. We also saw some barnacles that had attached themselves to a piece of wood. It was covered by a lot of the goose barnacles. After my family had informed the teachers of our find they were really nice and put it back in the water so they wouldn’t die in the really hot sun. We also saw a goanna, which was really cool.

Everyone was pretty sad saying goodbye to their families, but I think it was worth it just so we could tell them about how we are coping and that we are doing fine as it is pretty stressful for them. Today was pretty straight forward as we had expo prep for our second hike, which is tomorrow. It is our first three day hike, which is our last expo for the rest of the time here. Everyone has packed and hopefully remembered everything.



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