Duke of Ed is always an interesting experience, shared amongst many who are great, amazing people, and possibly some not so amazing people, but that wasn’t the case on our trip luckily.
On the 25 and 26 October 2010, we (Bronze Duke of Ed group) went on our final walk to complete Bronze. We all got up early on the 25th to get ready for the exciting day ahead. That excitement was slightly dampened by the fact it was cold, raining and 5am. We all met near Gunnamatta Park Wharf to go on a ferry to get to the beginning of our walk. Once off the ferry we headed off on our Coast walk. At first it was absolutely miserable as it was cloudy and raining a little, and no one was talking, but soon enough we were all hot (especially Al) and it cleared up.
The walk which we were doing was very pretty with the plant life and from the path we could see dolphins surfing, so, well it would put Frothma to shame, but it was also very windy so we were all being blown around. The Coast walk was much nicer and easier than our training one so everyone loved it and it wasn’t too much of a struggle on the downhill... We all had our breaks in between the walking for rests and food, but Janice never stopped. She just ate her way through the hike!
We met Mr Hill at about 2:30pm-3:30pm to get our water for the next day and some chocolate! Scrumdiddlyumptious! We left after that with a new walker but from Gold, Josiah - he is pretty awesome. When we got to the place where we were camping, the teachers moved away from us because I (the amazing Courtney) need my beauty sleep and can’t listen to the teachers snoring all night. We did not hear or see them till the next day. We all set up our tents when we got to the site, but Josiah needed help with his… tent lol.
Then went down to the beach for some rugby which was so much fun, especially for the guys because they got to spear each other into the sand. Al tried to do a front flip off a dune to impress all the ladies but ended up on his face (soo funny for the girls anyway). We went back at about 6:30pm and all had dinner which was interesting, because none of the guys apart from Mitch knew how to cook on a little gas stove. After that we all walked back up the hill which we had walked down that day and all sat up there watching the sunset and taking photos and talking. It was kinda gross because the ground was wet and we all got wet butts.
After the sun went down we all stumbled down the hill in the dark. We went and got our sleeping bags, got in two groups and all went and sat in my tent and Al and Mitch’s tent talking until 10pm. Al and Nessa left and saw some wild dogs in a copse of trees near the campsite. After that we all went to sleep. Some people got up at 5am the next morning to watch the sunrise as others like me slept in until 7am.
At 8:30am that morning we all headed off again at a quickish pace so that we could hopefully catch the train at 11:30am to get home. Well that was interesting, as we were all watching the time like crazy. At first we thought that the train was leaving at 11am so we were freaking then, just as we were about 500m away, I think it was 11am and we were all deeply disappointed as we thought we had missed the train, we were informed that it left at 11:30am. We all ran or speed walked the last 500m and made it just in time for the train.
After this Duke of Ed we were all left with great memories, photos and future skin cancers! Thank you, teachers and everyone in Bronze, as we all had a wonderful time - something which I am sure we will treasure forever. Oh, once again, the guys were amazing!! BTW, I got a leech and when Mitch pulled it off it spewed my blood everywhere!
Written by Courtney Antcliff Year 9 and edited by Al Worton