Hello! Libby and Kelli here.
We had our final group trip up to the Lake District just last weekend. We spent a couple days up in Ambleside doing some hiking and kayaking!
We had perfect weather on the two days that we were there which gave a perfect ending to the year. The first day we arrived there we started out on our first hike to our Pub. The trek was about 3 miles up and over a hill. We got about halfway up, and then we stopped to read a poem by William Wordsworth that Kathy’s dad picked out for us.
The Tables Turned
Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books;
Or surely you'll grow double:
Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks;
Why all this toil and trouble?
The sun above the mountain's head,
A freshening lustre mellow
Through all the long green fields has spread,
His first sweet evening yellow.
Books! 'tis a dull and endless strife:
Come, hear the woodland linnet,
How sweet his music! on my life,
There's more of wisdom in it.
And hark! how blithe the throstle sings!
He, too, is no mean preacher:
Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher.
She has a world of ready wealth,
Our minds and hearts to bless—
Spontaneous wisdom breathed by health,
Truth breathed by cheerfulness.
One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.
Sweet is the lore which Nature brings;
Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:—
We murder to dissect.
Enough of Science and of Art;
Close up those barren leaves;
Come forth, and bring with you a heart
That watches and receives.
We each read a stanza of the poem while sitting looking over the view. We finished out walk to the pub where we sat down for a nice meal at the Mortal Man. And then ended the evening watching the sunset over the lake by our hostel.
The next morning we went over to visit William Wordsworth’s cottage in the Lake District (he was a big fan of the area). After a great tour through his home, we made our way over to a nearby pub to watch the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Most of us were pretty excited to watch the event, especially since some us got to meet the couple earlier this year! After a beautiful ceremony and some fun banter, we headed off for our next hike. We walked a 4 mile loop around a beautiful lake, and even had a little bit of a rock skipping challenge (Steven won, easily).
Our final morning was given to us as a little bit of free time to whatever we wanted to, so most of went out Kayaking on the lake that our hostel was located on! We were all pretty excited to get out on the water. The others went into the little town we were near to explore the area. Everyone seemed to have a great morning! Then we had to head home and prepare for the first week of finals.
It was great to go to a more relaxing last group trip. Even though many of us were stressed out about finals, final papers, packing, etc, we all seemed to enjoy this trip and were able to relax and enjoy each others company one more time.
Now it is finals week and the pressure is on and our time in Nottingham is coming to a close. Stay tuned for more!
Libby and Kelli