Last year April… I went on an epic adventure! I went to the Orange River for river rafting! If I could go river rafting again… then… I WOULD TOTALLY DO SO!
This river rafting adventure was crucial for me in order to complete my GOLD President’s Award. However…. despite completing it… I didn’t hand in my journal to claim the certificate of having to complete the Gold President’s Award. Many of my friends were like “Why didn’t you hand in your journal?! You could have gotten the award!” etc etc.
In all honesty… I only joined for the experience… not the IDEA of having that beautiful piece of paper stuck up on my wall (Heck… or even lost…). I never regretted anything when I joined the President’s Awards. The President’s Awards is an international thing. So all you folks reading this right now might want to think about joining it! It truly is an experience of a life time!
The most memorable part of the Gold President’s Award for me was… the River Rafting… (DUH). I really have a thing for these things because… I am born as a talented sport person //true story//.
The journey began from Johannesburg, to Cape Town, and lastly, Namibia.
We took the plane from Johannesburg to Cape Town. The ride was horrible… because when the airplane took off it was a terribly bumpy ride, and white smoke/fog appeared magically inside the airplane. (I was thinking that it was the cloud… but some thought that the airplane was malfunctioning…). Everyone was in frenzy and it seemed like I was the only calm one… (Including the pilots). The person in the seat next to me kept ringing for the air hostess and he was muttering the ‘beautiful’ F word each second, increasing the tempo and dynamic each passing split second. I really wanted to strangle him…. After 10 minutes… everyone was calm. I was just happily reading my book whilst ignoring the whole commotion during the panicking 10 minutes, minus the guy next to me… cause he surely was making a friggin huge ruckus.
After we arrived at Cape Town SAFELY, we (Other girls and 2 teachers) waited patiently for our bus to arrive. I was expecting those tiny mini bus, but to my surprise and praise… we were granted to ride in this ——
- I was able to see the glorious night skies with dazzlings stars!
Praise mother earth! The bus was super cosy and I had 3 seats all to myself~! I was the happiest person alive that day! The bus ride lasted for… 7 hours? I slept all the way through… and woke up in between and stared out the window… pretending to be some girl from a sad love story MV… (Just kidding).
Anyways! We eventually got to our camp site! Felix United! Our first night was to be spent outside. Literally. Sleeping bag + grass + bushes + insects. We had an option of using tents… but… I didn’t like the idea of waking up extra early in the morning to pack away the tent so… my group slept ‘tent-less’.
Despite the cold, everything was worth it! My friends and I socialized whilst looking at the glorious skies showing the most dazzling stars ever! If given the chance… I would definitely love to do this again.
We woke up at… around 6. We packed away all our things. My friend, K claimed that the dog was irritating and scary last night. I was: “????? There was a dog??? *insert disbelieving face*” and everyone replied, “HECK YES!”
They thought it was a Hyena… luckily it wasn’t…. I was so glad that the dog only came after I fell asleep cause… I would be totally freaked out…
Our surroundings looked like Slender man can appear out of no where….
Ratatata~ This is how the place looked like in the morning.
A really beautiful place~
So we began our morning with putting our possessions in buckets, to keep them dry if our canoe ever tips over. I present you… my awesome bucket—
Hot ‘n Cold Abs. The previous owner of this bucket has a great sense of humour. I didn’t erase the name of the bucket cause it is just too awesome.
Tralalala. We were then taken down to meet our fellow canoes~
Before we even get to choose our canoe… we had to partner up with someone. I was supposed to partner up with my asian buddy but… she decided to ditch me for her friend. I was glad she did because… I got to be with the most awesome person ever! My biology teacher~ So if anything happens to me… my teacher will be there by my side to help me! The teacher is also much more reliable than my asian buddy, sorry my dear… (if you are reading this…)
My teacher and I wanted the green canoe but… another pair claimed it before we could, sad. Okies. So we loaded everything in the canoe and started to paddle off on the whim because we were too cool to listen to the lectures. Haha.
Reality. We were all called to the side, underneath a canopy (Heck… I don’t know what it is called…) and we learnt about the most important things.
“When you want to go left, paddle on the right hand side”
“When you want to go right, paddle on the left hand side”
The instructor rambles on. As I am typing this… I can’t remember a thing… but all that I do remember was that there were two questions that we were not allowed to ask…
1. “What time is it?”
2. “Are we there yet?” (To the next base camp)
and if we did ask any of the questions the answer will always be…:
1. “Quarter to or Quarter past!”
2. “Just around the corner”
I seriously loved our guides, three guys, cause they had a great sense of humour.
So after all the introductions and paddling instructions we got in our canoe!
But before that… my teacher and I just had to take some selcas… haha.
(This is the first time I revealed myself… haha. Nice to meet you all… I am just an asian with no stereotypical asian qualities. Yes, I suck at maths.)
Fear me! I have an oar in my hand! I hold the powers! Okies… enough…
I sat in the front seat~ At first I was reluctant to because… the front seat is better than the back seat (because of the view and all that) so the teacher had to sit there. My teacher was so kind and insisted me to sit in the front seat. I felt super happy and touched. I love this teacher.
One last picture of our canoes before we set off~
(My teacher and I claimed the yellow canoe)
The first obstacle was to pass the mini rapid… It was a lot harder to paddle than I thought! The guide said that our canoe must not be perpendicular to the rapid’s flow otherwise— we will tip over.
Obstacle number 1. Do not tip over. Challenge accepted.
No one tipped over at the first rapid. Sad… Haha~
(Searches for pictures of the first obstacles.) Even more sad… I don’t have a picture to show you of the rapid.
Because my teacher and I were so awesome, we paddled to look at the beautiful rocks.
The reflections of ripples on the walls of the rock were so beautiful~ I would have loved to look at how it looks during sun set!
We arrived at our first base camp. We all went for a dip in the river. It felt so refreshing~
We had lunch, group A had to help the guide’s first.
We set off again~
The landscapes were amazing!
Reminded me of those yummy chocolate logs I had when I was a toddler.
A mini rapid. That my beloved asian buddy and her new partner tipped over in. Haha~ (I am going call her K and J)
K and J were the first to tip over out of the 8 teams.
THE WEAKEST LINK, STARTO!
This picture was taken by the Guide, M. I think it is called the Orange Witches? I can’t remember… All that I do know is that.. I regretted not waking up early enough to see this with my own eyes.
Oh… the guides had to chase a horde of baboons away from our territory. It was pretty funny since a guide took a pan and a huge wooden spoon and scare it away by doing a funny dance… and making lots of noises.
How our campsite looks… We had to pitch our own tents…
Bath in the river with eco-friendly shampoo and body wash
Brush our teeth in the bushes…
Drink water from the river…
We were really living like nomads. Haha~
Look at that gorgeous water bird~
We found a dead leopard… from a biological perspective… it was beautiful since the bones were intact and the fur! The fur was so smooooooooooth!
Ending my post here— I might resume it when I fish out all those picture worthy photos on facebook—
//goes on a stalking mission//