Canada: It’s finally happening!

Currently, I am sitting on a WestJet plane, awaiting 2 people to turn up so that we can get on our way to Vancouver. I’ve set up my middle seat 32E for the 10hr10min trip: light off, book and water in basket, air con off and comfy socks on!

Really I should start this log by apologising for the lack of logs since February, so, Sorry… But life has happened and I’ve been pretty busy the last few months!
My excuses:
– A levels were pretty crazy, and dragged on a little longer than I hoped, but feeling at ease.
– Uni visits! In June mum and I have been on small trips away to the Uni of Exeter, Penryn and Birmingham scoping out possible options! Mum definitely had a favourite, and if you know my mum, which one is obvious!
– ROADTRIP USA! I should probably write a whole other post on my AMAZING 2 week trip the USofA, but long story short mum, dad, Fin and I toured around some of the National Parks: Bryce Canyon, Arches, Monument Valley and Zion National Park! Starting at Vegas we picked up our RV and ended up in LA for some sun and relaxing- it was incredible.
– Holiday No. 2 Squad goes to AMSTERDAM. Again, I will write another post for it, but it was fantastic, setting off on my first “alone” trip, acting like an adult with 7 of the best people I’ve ever met was a brilliant experience and one I’ll treasure forever. And Amsterdam. Wow. Canals, cycling, bars and parks. What a city!
– Working, eh, how else could I afford these trips?!
– Fundraising and training! With Canada coming up there was fundraising to do and paddling to partake in before we could be set to go! Oli was organised enough get us a stand at Lindfield Village Fete, which again we brought the climbing wall and had a great day! Then of course I had my own fundraising to do, applying to the generous Collyers Association Award for a bursary and succeeding subsidising the cost of the trip by £500 which I am very very grateful for!
Training wise we had a weekend of the full team paddling at Piddinghoe Pond and in the River Ouse, sorting out our J Strokes, Hanging draws and how to fall in the water correctly! 😉 Followed by a team meeting and BBQ where we were taught how to gut and fillet a fish and cook it! Yummy!

So I think that brings us up to date, even after writing all of that we’re still waiting to go, but hey, can’t really complain it’s not like it will shorten the journey.
It was a struggle to pack my bag, having it weigh approx. 19kg, not that weight was an issue, just space! But still made room for Monty the Canadian Mounty Beaver to get in thanks to Grandma and Papa.

So here we go, finally moving and heading on the trip of a lifetime! I shan’t lie, I’m extremely nervous, but I’m also very very excited! Till the next 5 months! (Haha, only joking… Maybe… 😉 )

Fundraising, climbing,  Katie and horses!?

Oops.. Haven’t posted in a while! Well, here’s an update…

  • Went to Raleigh International open information evening on 17th Feb
  • Still deciding what I want to do for the Gap Year 2017 
  • Applied for a bursary from my college, Collyers and awaiting a reply!

Anyway, last weekend I had my first taste of fundraising for the Yukon trip! We were kindly asked to run our Sussex wing  climbing wall at Plumpton Race course Easter Family day!

However, as per usual, didn’t all go to plan. As tradition for Easter weekend in Britain, it rained, and poured and just for a change Storm Katie was blowing in!! 

But the show much go on, we arrived at 0930, set up the information tent, the climbing wall, and the Easter Egg tombola! Winds at the top of the climbing wall were blasting about 40mph… Just about Safe. 😉

The show opened at 1100 and family’s began to dribble in, though there were regular intervals of rain, we were able to operate the climbing wall and Easter egg tombola went down a treat, even though we did have to duck into the hut every now and again! 

Also, one of our jobs was to occupy “Whinny” the walking horse with a guide providing photos and free chocolate eggs to the children, which was, as you could assume, a hit! Though, again due to the regular intervals of rain Whinny often had to gallop into the nearest tent as a wet horse is a very smelly horse! 

However, despite the weather conditions we were successful on the tombola, raising £135 over the day! And the Climbing wall was enjoyed by kids and Whinny too (check out the pictures! ) 

After watching the last race at 1745 the show closed and we shut down for the night. However, it wasn’t home time yet! The show had not yet been called off! So we spent the night! Not in a tent- thank goodness- but in a concrete hut.

After an.. Interesting… Nights sleep, we were woken at 0700 in the morning to a urgent looking staff member telling us the show had been called off and that we should probably get the tent down before it blew away! So grabbing boots and waterproofs we ran out, almost being blown away ourselves by Katie’s gusts of wind! Once we got the tent packed and climbing wall attached to the van, eggs for breakfast! Creme Eggs that is! And picked up by parents!

Quite an eventful Easter weekend I think! Overall we raised £1335 for our services at the weekend as well as some good laughs! 

Now, I’ve got to get back to packing, I’m off to Scotland tomorrow evening for the CanoeTraining trip descending the River Spey, and I have no idea how I’m going to fit EVERYTHING into this one bag! 

Till Next time! 


GY: An Option

Today Mum and I signed up to the 17-24 yr old Vollunteers talk being held by Operation Raleigh in London on the 17th Feb! Going to head up there and have a look what it’s all about and no doubt ask lots and lots of questions! (never get any answers otherwise! ) Might just be the start of the ball rolling! 😀 

Why am I taking a Gap Year?

I wasn’t always supposed to be taking a gap year. Before 2015 I had decided to take the same route as most of my peers, finish my A-Level exams, have a summer of blissful ignorance, results and then hopefully start the university chapter of my life October 2016. However, like most things in life, things don’t always go to plan.

After recieving back my AS grades and them, well not being what I wanted/needed them to be, after much deliberation, long conversations with my parents and friends, and late nights worrying, it was decided that I would no longer be applying for uni this year. Instead, apply in 2017 and from there The Gap year was born!

So, this page will be about my updates and research, then hopefully planning and doing what will be going on in the Gap Year. Keeping track for myself, and maybe helping others, showing that it’s not as hard as it might sound. (Or maybe not, we’ll have to wait and see!)

“Adventure is out there!”

Hello!.. no… Good Day!… maybe not… Hey, I’m Izzy, the future Izzy who will be reading this will already know that however, that’s how I’d like to start my first blog post. Something unoriginal, before something unique.

So enough rubbish, whats this all about? This blog is going to be about my progress, my planning and finally my travels. A continuous story about the Auburn Wanderer! *Indianna Jones Music*

Whats planned for the next year? A-Levels, America Roadtrip with the family, Yukon Canoeing Expedition with cadets and Gap Year plans! 2016 is going to be a big year, so here we go!

See you somewhen!


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