It started in the middle of the night for some, including me. Being a typical teenager, I can’t manage without my Sunday lie-ins and waking up at 6 am after going to bed after 1am is probably not the best of my ideas so far this term. Once I arrived at school at 7:30 we waited for everyone to gather around and get their bags ready; at 8:50 we all clambered drearily onto the usual Boultons coach.
After a long foggy coach journey through misty old Wales, we found out Aous’s bowels had churned when he realised that he couldn’t see anything because of the fog, but thanks to our bus driver we are still alive. Anyhow, we got the activity centre somewhere along the right bank of Bala Lake. We equipped ourselves with paddles and waterproofs an then carried our canoes down to the water.
It was still really foggy at this point and I honestly couldn’t see much at all, but the water was mysteriously still and made the view look absolutely breath taking. I found most of the morning quite tedious because I have been canoeing many times before; also we spent a long time trying to figure out good leading strategies on how to control the group most efficiently.
When it was lunchtime, we pulled up at a rocky beach besides a railway, where Jordan, Edward and I emptied the chilly water out of our canoe that had been sloshing around since the start. Previously, when we were still in the early hours of the morning Miss Taylor had told Jordan and I that she fancied her chances of managing to push him and I into the lake, but we had believe different. We had been planning and plotting on how to get her in instead the whole morning, so when we realised that we had the chance at our lunch break then we didn’t wait too long. We lured her closer to the water, which then obviously lead to her falling in and us not. (Sorry Miss if you’re reading this) Next Miss Taylor tried to push me in, but she didn’t manage (sorry again) haha.
After that, we had some more canoeing which was again not that interesting for me, and was quite tedious, but I hope everyone else enjoyed it. Towards the end of the day, my group and I had finished early and our instructor, James, decided to be especially mean and make us all have two different races. One being the two (or three in my case) members of the boat sit at the very front of the canoe, and the other as you may have guessed, all of us perched at the back. After these races were over it was time to go in, but just to top it all off our instructor made only my boat paddle back to shore in the most awkward position I could think of; it was as if Crystal was almost on top of me at the back of the boat. Therefore we managed be the only boat to capsize the whole day (I’m sure watching this was Miss Taylor’s favourite part of the day).
Finally, to end the day a number of us decided to jump into the water just for the sake of it. To their surprise there was a layer of something like sludge about 40cm thick in the bottom on the lake. Quickly we all got out, got changed and in no time we were back at school.
Joe Parker F5