Did another hike in the morning. It's the one I had to pay 18lbs for since it's done with the college. The trail was honestly pretty easy, although we did have to cross a waterfall on the way back down, which is never easy for me. The views were, of course, beautiful, and the lake we went up to was very nice, as well. Of course, just when I only had about 100 yards or so left, I slipped and bruised my upper thigh. I'm surprised I didn't fall yesterday that hike was so much harder! But I honestly think that I fell so late in the hike because by then my legs were getting closer and closer to feeling like jelly. I mean, I'd done a lot of walking by that point: all day yesterday, and then all morning!
A lot of people went ghyll scrambling today, too, and returned drenched. In some ways I wish I'd gone, just because how many times do you get to climb up a waterfall? On the other hand, I was so exhausted this afternoon, that I really welcomed the time to just sit around and read Jane Eyre, which is the novel were currently tackling in English Novel. We fixed dinner in the hostel kitchen again today, and in the evening we played Midlife Crisis, which is a very interesting board game, especially when you don't have any of the rules, so you kind of make them up as you go. They were logical rules, though.
After a mad rush yesterday afternoon to submit my British Studies term paper, we left for the college trip to the Lake District.
This morning, Carly, Shannon, and I went for a hike after breakfast. We had to walk through Ambleside to reach the trail head, and we stopped to see a couple of waterfalls before heading for the trail. The hike up to the "peak" was fairly step and rocky the whole way, but the exercise was certainly welcome and the climb wasn't too terrible since we were tackling it at our own pace. From the summit all we could see was the massive amount of mist, but we sneaked a few good views on the way up. We then headed down the backside, which was a bit difficult because there was so much darn mist, and arrived in a tiny little village soaking wet. We bought some hot chocolate from the post office there, and then walked all the way back around to Ambleside and the hostel.
On our way through Ambleside, we bought some frozen dinners to fix at the hostel. It was such a relief to be able to fix our own food! And besides that, some of the other Harlaxton kids had brought their laptops and were playing music while they fixed a massive amount of spaghetti, so the fixing of our dinner turned out to be kind of festive.
After dinner, Colleen convinced several of us to do our "forests." Basically, you write about your ideal forest, as well as a few things you find in the forest, and it's supposed to tell things about you. Seemed pretty accurate to me, and I was impressed that Colleen had the whole thing memorized. I suppose she's done it enough, though.
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