The Ruyton Reporter - Autumn 2014 - page 12

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‘Sur lePontd’Avignon…’
In the spring last yearninegirlsand two teachers
embarkedona touracrossFrance. Thefirst
destinationwasbeautifulNice.We stayed inaunique
hostel for threenights,whileduring thedaywe
ventured into theoldandnew regionsofNice.
Toourdelightwe travelled toMonteCarlo foraday.
Wemovedon toAixenProvencewherewe stayed
withhost families.We spent thedays shopping,
sight-seeingandexperiencingFrench school life.
Avignonwasnext,wherewewere fortunateenough
to see thePalaisdePapes (thePope’sPalace), along
withan informative tourof the town.Wealsowalked
across thePontd’Avignon,whichhad lovelyviews.
Pariswasournextdestinationandeveryonewhipped
outwalletsandwalking shoes.We stayed ina lovely
hostel and spenteachdayvisitingall the touristhot
spots. TheEiffel Towerwasdefinitelyan
unforgettableexperiencewithanamazingview.
Wevisited theArcdeTriomphe,DisneylandParis,
the famous shopping stripChampsElysées, the
Louvre, SacreCoeurandNotreDame.Ourfinal
destinationwasNormandy,wherewevisited the
remarkableBayeuxTapestryandwell-knownWorld
War II sitesbefore returning toParis foronefinal day.
Overall, theFrenchTourwasoneof thebest
experiencesofour livesandwecannot thank
MadameGrantandMsCaseyenough formaking
this trippossible.
EllenTomkinson,
Year 10 (2013)
TheOverlandTrack,Tasmania2014
Theadventureof theOverlandTrackExpedition tookoff
onTuesday21 JanuarywhenGraceZimmerman, Emma
Viney, EllenTomkinson, SianGillamandZoeFitzgibbon
met teachersMsHoskins,MrHarrisonandMsSanders
atMelbourneAirport.Wewere readyand raring togo!
Withpacks initiallyweighingbetween 15and22
kilograms,wewere looking forward toeating the food
and slowlydroppinga fewkilograms fromwhatwe
werecarrying. Arrivingatour cabins inCradleValley
in the lateafternoon,we tucked intoadelicious ‘last
supper’ andwentoff tohaveanearlynight for the
big start thenextday.
OnWednesday the journeybegan.DayOnewas
possibly thehardestof themall. Beginningwith the
steepest inclineof thewhole trip,we seemed tobe
climbingalmost vertically, usingchains tohelpus
scrambleoverboulders.Weenvied theday-walkers
whowereunencumberedby thehugepackswewere
carrying.We reachedMarion’s Lookout,wherewehad
ourfirst scrogginbreakand took somegreatpictures.
Someofourgroupchose to takeup thechallengeof
climbingCradleMountain,withEmma,Graceand
MrHarrison reaching the summit successfully. The rest
of theday’swalkwasa little less challenging, and, after
eighthours,wemade it tocampatWaterfallValley.
DayTwowasamoregentleday,withonly threehours
ofwalking.Wemadeadelightful side journey to Lake
Willwherewe founda small beachanddippedour tired
feet in thecoolwater. Afterarrivingatour campsiteat
Windermere,we setupcampand swam in the lake.
DayThreewas sixhoursofwalkingbut remained fairly
flatandgentleuntil the lasthourof thewalk.Wehad
anticipated rain, somadeadeterminedeffort toget to
thecampatPelion’sGapand reserveacabin for
ourselves. PelionGapHutwas luxurious comparedwith
anythingelseon the track!
Wewoke tocoldandwetweatheronDayFour, so took
our timepackingupand leaving thecomfortof thehut.
Wewere rewardedwithmagnificent viewsaftera steep
but reasonably shortascent throughPelionGap.We
began the side tripof climbingMountOssabutonlygot
a shortdistancebefore itbegan to snow, sowe satand
ateour lunch feelingverycold!
DayFivewasAustraliaDay, andMsSandersentertained
uswithher stirring renditionofAdvanceAustraliaFair.
Theweatherwaswarm, sowe layout in the sundrying
our tentsbeforebeginning theday’shike. Itwas short
journeyandquitewarm,whichmade the lovely side trip
to somewaterfallson thewayverywelcome.We
arrivedat theWindyRidgeHutearlyand layout in the
sunenjoying thefinal afternoon.
WefinishedDaySix,whichwasa short twohourwalk,
by jumping into LakeStClair. Itwas freezing!Aftera
ferry rideandabus journey,we indulged in long-
awaitedhot showers. Then,withcleanhair,weenjoyed
fishandchipson theharbour.We spent thenextday
exploringHobart, diningout forbreakfastand lunch.
At theairportwe sufferedourfirstandonly setback
-ourplanewasdelayedby twohours. Itwasn’tuntil
midnight thatwewereable to settle intoourfirst
sleepback inourownbeds!
Overall thehikewasa life-changingexperience that
leftuswithamazingphotos, new friends, abetter
understandingofwhatwecouldachieveandmany
fondmemories.
EmmaViney,
Year 10
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