As the weather was a tad windy the Bivvy whackas ended up having a sleep over in the classroom, luckily there was no snoring! At around 7:30am (yes they can get up early) we started to get dressed, brushed our teeth and headed down for breakfast. Like yesterday we had a variety of cereals to choose from, Oliver and Jayden were on a mission to see how many Cheerios they could fit in a bowl. After that we had sausage, beans and smiley potato faces. It was also nice to read some of the comments that parents had made on the blog.
Next we went to the classroom where the instructors told us to put on our fleeces, wellies and waterproofs as we were all going Canoeing. We also went to the water sports building to get buoyancy aids, cagoules and a helmet. Finally we were off most of us travelled in the mini bus but their was not enough room so Keira and Karina went with Mr Longley and Pilar, they both ended up falling asleep most of the way!
After a scenic tour of Bangor we arrived on the banks of the Menai Straits near the Menai bridge. Miss Holmes put us into groups of 6 and we all were given a paddle and carefully climbed in to the Canoes. We travelled under two bridges, a large statue of Nelson and Treborth where the Bangor Cross Country takes places. The water was quite bumpy but luckily the current was with us so made paddling really easy, it was also nice and sunny. We were lucky enough to see two fighter jets training and Jayden identified them as Hawks. After another short paddle we arrived at our destination.
It was now dinner time but Sheryl made us work for our sandwiches! Rather than just pass them us she launched them like a baseball throw, luckily a lot of us were good at catching but others e.g. Tommi and Karina got hit in the face (don't worry they found it funny). We also had some fruit, cake, a drink and some crisps. Then we got back in the Canoes and headed back the way we came.
The current was now our enemy which was determined to send us all the way down to sunny Rhyl! However we battled hard back up the straits before stopping for a break. Sadly this was a ploy from some prankster (we think it was either Miss Holmes or Mrs Chester) to ambush the other boats and start a full blown seaweed fight! Some people then thought they would look much better with a seaweed beard (see pics below). We managed to paddle into the middle where the current dragged us along and we had a bit of a surprise visitor popping their head out of the water, it turned out to be a sealion! We carried on our journey battling the current before stopping for a break. A lot of us had a great time playing in the water but as Mr Fryer and Mr Liptrot were not there the water fight managed to stay very friendly and no boats were sank like two years ago. Finally we had one last huge effort and made it back to where the Mini buses were, we worked well as a team to load up the Canoes back onto the trailers and headed back to the centre.
After a quick wash and shower we headed down to the dining room and had a spicy curry with rice and Naan bread. For pudding we had a yummy chocolate cake and custard with rainbow sprinkles.
For our night activity we played a modified game of hide and seek. The teachers all went to hide and we had to find them and they would sign our cards, who ever got the most cards signed won. Mr Liptrot and Mr Ellis were very kind and hid in places where we could find them to make the game more fun. Unfortunately the ladies Mrs Chester, Miss Holmes, Miss Coombes and Miss Owen took the game far too seriously and hid where no one could find them! After a slight telling of from Sheryl we had another game and managed to find them.
Finally the Bivvy whackas went up to the Bivvy whilst the rest of us watched a DVD in the classroom. We are all very tired so have gone to bed early and are looking forward to tomorrows activities.
By Ruby, Bella and Karina.