This weekend VAC (Volunteer Adventure Corps) went on a two day trip to Montagu. Montagu is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Our trip started off bright and early at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning (I guess that isn’t too bad considering I normally get up at 6:30 a.m. for school!) It was a little over a two hour drive to get there. Once we arrived we set-up our tents and headed out to climb some rocks. When we got to the rocks the VAC coordinators showed us how to belay someone. To belay someone is when you are making sure a climber is secure and safe by using a rope to hold the climber’s weight if he/she falls. I was very nervous to belay my friend but I was able to successfully do it! (I will not be belaying again, so scary!) I was super excited to climb! Although I had to wait a little bit after belaying because my hands hurt from the rope. On my first attempt at climbing I was able to make it up about half way. The second time I was able to climb up like a little monkey all the way to the top! Boy, was I exhausted after all of that climbing! Luckily, we all went back to the campsite afterwards and had a wonderful brai! It was also a great time to relax and meet new people from all over the world!
On the second day (Sunday), we all drove to the Hot Springs. Needless to say I was expecting a beautiful view and some brown dirty water that was unbearably hot. Well, to my surprise, I was wrong. It was a resort with hot spring water. Hello paradise. They also had a water slide that was the best thing ever. At first it was super slow…. then I spoke to soon! At the end of the slide it went so fast I almost fell off of the slide! With the remaining time we all relaxed in the hot spring water and of course worked on our tans.