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Written by Rhiannon, Snowy Student, Term 2 2011   

Rhiannon - Rainy DaysOn Wednesday 1A returned from our second Expo. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had and I loved every minute of it.

We started out on Monday morning by hiking through the paddocks at the rear of the campus for 3.5km until we reached the river. Once we got there, we carried the canoes over and then stopped for lunch. Once everyone had eaten, we put our PFD’s on (personal flotation device) and jumped into our canoes. I was partnered with Michelle P and we had an awesome time! Josh and Jacko did a mono on our canoe and we nearly capsized, but it was the most fun I have ever had canoeing. We did manage to break a couple of trees accidentally, but made it the 5kms to camp alive and well.

We then set up our campsite and erected our “cow-proof fence” to keep the cows away. We got a fire that night, and it was just amazing to be able to share an experience like that with your friends, just lying near a fire, looking up at the stars which were as clear as lights that night. I loved it.

The next day we awoke to find everything frozen! My tent had ice on the outside of it, and my Gaiters, socks and towel were frozen. To top it off, my water shoes were frozen solid! Everything did thaw out eventually though, which was great. Once everything was all packed up, we left at around 8am to go jump into the canoes again. This time my partner was Yasmin. The plan for the day ahead of us was to canoe all day, (around 9km) eventually canoeing down the Broadribb, onto the Snowy River and staying at the Orbost/Marlo Angling club.

The weather for the first two days was pretty good, being sunny and not too cold, but the third day was so cold! We got to stay inside the club for most of the night around the fireplace, but had to go out and sleep in our tents overnight. We all awoke at around 6:30am, had breakfast, packed up and headed out at exactly 8am. Due to the weather we had to walk an extra 3km because we couldn’t canoe, so we were all certainly a strange site walking through Marlo in our Gore-Tex and hiking gear! It was a pretty fun walk back, although it did rain for the last few kilometres. We did an amazing job, walking 11km in three and a half hours!

Expo is so much fun, especially with a fantastic group like mine. We saw 1B on the way back, and that was a good pick-me-up for everyone. This will be one of those memories that will stay with us all forever.

Rhiannon - Bundoora SC


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