Wednesday, 3 April 2013

I took less stuff to India.....

So you know when you think you have everything you need and then you realise you have to carry it all!!! Well this was definitely one of those occasions. We set off from the office fully laden with enough equipment to sink the Queen Elizabeth ship and headed off towards our old haunt the Standlake ranch. As this was our practice BEL expedition it wasn't as simple as heading AtoB but our brilliant navigator Lizzy made it seem like that.

Walking pace is amazing for truly appreciating God's creation, which you'd normally speed past at 40MPH and don't get to fully grasp the wonder in the detail.

The first night was a cold one under canvas and the feeding trough froze but we survived and headed out for our circular walk headed up by Jenni on which we saw the sheer power of the river in evidence as a WWII pill box had finally succumbed.

We enjoyed a bit of culture with our history as we saw the people of Standlake had also shown some real creativity, adding art to the walk which then led us past the Pope's tower of Stanton Harcourt - Jenni was clearly in an educative mood. Did you know that the Thames is 215 miles long?!

Night two - again, under canvas and the team woke up to bacon sandwiches provided by me. Simon lead the intrepid explorers back to base across newly ploughed fields which are surprisingly sticky. We carried most of the field with us on our boots but still managed to arrive back in good time and without any navigational hiccups. Well done team a good effort! Now for the assessed experience...Where to go? What to see? How much to carry?


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