The mundane happenings of life.

So I thought I would just do a brief post to update ya’ll (American, right?) on the little things I am doing that don’t really deserve their own individual post. That way you get to digest it all in one rather than trying to find them all.

Firstly, I am now a proud member of the Humboldt Ultimate Frisbee team. We are called the ‘Hags and it is probably the best sport I have ever done. I have been playing for 3 weeks. Week one was spent in intense muscle pain which personally, I would say the equivalent is a broken bone (no exaggeration, I promise). Week two was spent with a pulled groin muscle from doing mad tricks (read: running for the Frisbee) and week three has so far gone without injury. Fingers crossed though, since it’s only Monday. Being part of the team means that we get to travel to other colleges to compete in Tournaments. The first tournament will be on the 28th of September and I’m actually super excited for it. I don’t have any photos yet but I will definitely provide some of the tournament. I still don’t fully understand the rules but I assume that comes in time. Hopefully. I am actually more fit now that I have come to America than I was when I left. That means that those of you who said I’d get fat living here (I’m looking at you sister) are totally wrong. I win.

But actually I don’t win. I’ve been in the US for about 3 weeks now and it has been hot the entire time. I was told when I got here that we’d have about three days of sunshine before it started raining. It has not yet rained and I have had a permanent sunburn since I arrived. I even bought sunscreen (they laughed at me when I bought it, but it’s almost empty) but sunscreen does not protect my pale-ness. I am a bad Australian.

I haven’t done any travelling yet but we have avid plans to go places on weekends. ‘We’ is our little motley crew that has been established. Altogether there is a permanent group of 6 Australians, 1 Finish, 1 Saudi Arabian and lots of Americans. Here is a hint, if you ever want to make friends in America – just start talking. People flock to the Australian accent over here.

My housemates are awesome. I actually got super lucky because we all get along fabulously and (shocking when you’re talking about college kids) we all clean up after ourselves. I still need to buy decorations for my room because it’s super lame at the moment but I bought a potplant the other day (another hint; don’t ask for a ‘potplant’ here because they will think you mean something entirely different) which has lovely orange flowers. That is currently the only décor in my room. I kind of want a gold fish.

Things I miss; vegemite and milo. There is nothing to have on my toast here! Also, chocolate that tastes like Australian chocolate. I’m totally baking a cake tomorrow for my friends birthday. It’s going to be delicious.

That’s all from me because I have class soon. I shall update you all when something exciting happens.

Journey to Prairie Creek

This pretty much sums up what we walked through, although the trail is a lot nicer here.

This pretty much sums up what we walked through, although the trail is a lot nicer here.

Firstly, I apologise that I haven’t posted in a while (since I’ve got here really). I have been settling into classes and life in Arcata which – while impressively relaxed, still takes some getting used to. I will update you all on the mundane happenings of my life in a later post. This is mainly because I don’t want to bombard you with a whole bunch of unnecessary (I can never spell this word properly, thanks spellcheck!) reading.

This is the bus that took us to Prairie Creek. It's exactly like the ones in the movies.

This is the bus that took us to Prairie Creek. It’s exactly like the ones in the movies.

So about two weeks ago Humboldt took all the international students on a field trip to a place called Prairie Creek, CA. Apparently this is near the area where Bigfoot is rumoured to live. By the end of my trip I will have tracked him down and got a photo – so be ready for that. Anyway, we got on our Humboldt busses and took the 40min (approx.) journey to Prairie Creek.

I actually climbed up on a log to get this photo. I'm turning into an athlete.

I actually climbed up on a log to get this photo. I’m turning into an athlete.

The scenery here is impressive, back home the forests are predominately Eucalypt forests with a groundcover of mostly ferns and small native grasses. The forest we went to consisted of giant redwoods spanning from ones you could hug to ones you couldn’t even see the top of. There were a lot of ferns too but these ones are different, with leaves that are very different to ours (I’m pretty sure I have a picture somewhere so if you are particularly interested in the difference in fern leaf structure – hit me up). Honestly though, the main difference I found was how green everything is here. Apparently it hasn’t rained since February and still there is green and water everywhere. They’ve filmed sections of Star Wars and Jurassic Park in the area where I’m living and I can see why.

Here is some water and also some ferns for all you fern enthusiasts out there.

Here is some water and also some ferns for all you fern enthusiasts out there.

Having grown up near forests and having (warning: brag) an amazing ability to orientate myself in a forest without a map I was elected to assist in leading the hike (I know guys, my ego didn’t need the boost but I gladly accepted the challenge). We ended up taking too many photos and dawdling behind the main group so my skills were required (nobody got lost, just delayed).

It was a really fun experience, there is a huge difference in the people here from those that don’t speak English very well to those that do. It’s so funny the way people figure out how to communicate without much language (hint: it’s a lot of pointing to things and miming) but somehow we all managed it.

This is a tree. Aptly named "Big Tree"

This is a tree. Aptly named “Big Tree”

I’m looking forward to exploring the area a bit better and going camping. It’s such a picturesque place.

I’m sorry about the overuse of brackets but I’ve decided a running commentary on what I’m writing is required.

This is an Elk I saw on the side of the road.

This is an Elk I saw on the side of the road.