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1A First Day Expedition Print E-mail

4/5/09

1A on the Today we met at 8:30 am to pack our food for expo. Then after finally checking that we had everything we sat down for headcount. Straight after we all loaded on to the mini bus to get taken to our starting point ,the “bridge” while listening to the ‘So Fresh” CD.

We then held a group meeting discussing our goals and what we wanted to get out of our expedition. We left the bridge at around 10:30. We started out on a track with a few steep hills until we got to the beach, where we held a team meeting and had morning tea which was muesli slice. We then kept on walking for a while stopping for a break around every km. It was so hard walking on the sand as the sets were quite high on the shore so there was no hard sand for us to walk on.

We stopped at around 12:30 for lunch, finding a dip in a sand dune to set out our lunch tarp away from the wind and water. It was hard cutting up the tomatoes and salads for our wraps because there was so much sand about. After eating our wraps we packed up all our stuff and rinsed off the dishes and placed them back in our packs. We then continued walking; we amused ourselves by singing songs and talking. By that stage of our journey our packs were starting to get extremely heavy and we all had aching shoulders and a few blisters. We finally saw a post up ahead that indicated we had reached the end of our sand walk. We climbed up the dunes to the wooden post and held a quick team meeting on how we were going to get to our campsite. We took a look at the map which showed us that we had to follow a little track about 500m. It was easier than walking on the sand but there was a lot of fallen trees and sticks we had to go under and over.

We then finally made it to our campsite Mr Morton showed us how to use the portable toilet. I already knew how to as we have one almost the same at our block of land. We then set up our tent and sleeping bag. Because it was starting to get dark we started cooking our meal. In my cooking group was Stuart and Sarah. We started our meal by boiling some hot water to put in our cup of tomato soup. We then boiled more water to cook our pasta. After that was cooked we added our sauce and heated it for a bit then poured it into our bowls. It tasted good but we added a bit too much herbs for our liking. After dinner was finished we boiled some water and poured it into the green wash up tub to wash our dishes.

As it was now dark we decided to have our team review and dessert up on the bank by the lake. We walked down the track to the lake and sat out in a circle. It was so nice to just have the lapping of the water and moonlight on us. (I am not so used to the peace and quiet and no city lights because I come from Melbourne) We talked about our day, our goals and if we think we achieved them, what we could do the next day and a few other things. We then had our desert which was Biscuits with condensed milk and a few marshmallows on top. We then walked back up to our campsite and cleaned our teeth and went to bed.

It was a great day, I had a lot of fun and can’t wait for our second 3 night expedition.

By Jess C

 

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