The 3 day Everglades canoeing trip... Where do I start?
Myself and Ian (American guy who I met previously at the hostel and made him come with me) met the driver at noosa junction on Saturday morning- the first impression wasn't great... Miserable old man driver who refused to tell me how many people were in the group and moaned the whole way there but we just found it funny rather than getting annoyed. There was also another guy that joined us on the bus, a guy called max from Germany. As soon as he arrived you could tell we were all going to get on because of his dry sense of humour and the jokes started straight away!
We started on our journey and stopped off to stock up food and drink for the 3 days. We decided all to go into together for food to make it cheaper... This ended up being a considerable amount of pasta, sauce and rice as this seems like all we eat out here!! Once this was sorted we soon were hyping ourselves up for the mysterious trip we were about to encounter.
The road to the camp was pretty long and bumpy, there was a small "shop" on the way but apart from that it was small huts and tents where people could camp. We were then shown around the campsite and given our usual sleeping bag and pillow case for that evening.
The camp was basic to say the least. We had cooking facilities, a TV room and small games area with a pool table, dart board but no darts. That was it. Then there were a few dorms rooms with hammocks in, the tents and then toilets.
We were the early group to arrive and there were already people at the camp either on their first or second night as a new group comes twice a day.
We were then told that the rest of the day was ours... This seemed pretty funny as there was literally nothing to do at all but we tried to make the most of it over the next 3 days playing games and getting to know each other more.
The first night we slept in the dorms/ hammocks and the other two we camped in a tent which was pretty scary with all the snakes and spiders around especially after seeing a snake on day 2.
The whole trip was based on a self guided canoeing trip on the Everglades which we did on day 2. We spent 6 hours in total canoeing to this spot where you could swim and go on a rope swing however I opted out of the swimming after hearing there may be bull sharks in the water! The canoeing was fun, hard on the way back as we were against the current but I will never forget the view reaching the lake and just seeing water around us. It just made me feel so small compared to everything around us, we were just a tiny little canoe in all of this water and it was a little bit scary but beautiful to see.
The 3rd day was tough. We were pretty much out of food and beer and just wanted to be back in civilisation.
We made up all kinds of games and counted down the hours until we left as it became a joke throughout camp because everyone was so bored.
People came and left every day so it was nice to meet different people through the experience but the only reason I didn't go insane was because of Ian and max. We laughed every second thinking about what we were doing and they became like my little crew! It was an experience to say the least and I wouldn't go back but I'm so happy I had them to do with me and we all became so close afterwards.