Blue Mountains Hike

By Calvin Taylor

Reproduced with permission from

Yesterday, the group went hiking as a part of our Aboriginal culture class. Now, anybody who knows me knows that I am a city boy, and I do not do “nature” things like that – so I was not looking forward to it at all.

However, it was definitely more enjoyable than I had ever expected it to be! We had an early morning because we had to travel further than usual to get there. It was enjoyable because there was purpose behind the hike (not saying that there is not always purpose behind hikes).

We started along the path and on the way we stopped for a number of reasons. We stopped to listen to Aboriginal stories which were definitely interesting seeing as though they are said to be the longest lasting culture on earth. We stopped to pick certain leaves (some we were able to eat or suck on) and to see things that can only be found in Australia.

The ASC group
We also did some face painting (obviously)…

There’s a first time for everything right?

In Preparation:

It is now getting down to the few days before students arrive for the semester. All the pieces are falling into place and we’re getting excited about the new group of students!




Say, who are those people? And what’s that stuff all over the floor?!

You’ll find out soon enough!


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