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Exploring Western Australia
Written by Yoon Seo Kim | Published. 2019.06.20 21:27 | Count : 291
[ Photo taken by friend ] 
The sky was clear and the waves crashed hard against the rocky cliffs in Perth, Australia. To celebrate our sophomore year, my friends and I chose Perth for our school trip as it is a beautiful place that is surrounded by the Australian outback, which is why activities like abseiling and canoeing are openly provided for visitors.
[Photo taken by me]
We canoed through the murky rivers from Walyunga National Park towards the Wilyabrup park, where we were planning to abseil and explore caves. My exhausted arms pushed the paddles against the water as the sun became brighter towards noon. After a long 3 hours, we finally arrived at the Wilyabrup cliffs.
[ Photo taken by friend ]
Anxiety and nausea slowly swept over me and my friends as we made our way to the 32 meter high cliff. With helmets on our heads and protection gears clanking together, we arrived to see the sensational view; the bright colors of the ocean and cliffs were so prominent under the clear sky.
[ Photo taken by friend]
After taking in the salty breeze, it was finally time to face my biggest fear of height. With shaking hands, I connected the metal gear to a single rope that my whole life depended on. My heart was beating at an incredible speed and adrenaline rushed through my veins as I slowly walked backwards towards the end of the cliff. Cheers and screams exploded among my friends as I slowly set my sneakers on the sharp edge of the cliff and leaned my body back. I could feel the wind blowing against me, tossling my hair in every direction . Trying my hardest not to look down, I looked up at the instructor as I slowly pulled the rope from the gear. I could hear the waves crashing beneath me and I could feel myself weakening from fear. My feet scurried down the cliff as my hands struggled to let go of the rope slowly.  Inch by inch, my hands quickly released the rope through the clasp which lowered my body even more. After my numb feet finally touched the ground, a wave of relief and fear rushed through my body. Looking up at the high cliff, I didn’t think I could ever do that again.
[ Photo taken by friend]
As much as the trip was a thrilling experience from activities such as canoeing, abseiling, and falling down from caves, it was an unforgettable and rare one. It felt good to interact with friends and be surrounded by nature. It was also nice to take a break from stress and the busy city from my daily life. Sleeping under the scattered bright stars and taking a walk with sheep every night put me and my friends at ease. This trip also challenged us both physically and mentally, which is what made this trip so much more meaningful.


Yoon Seo Kim 
Singapore American School

Yoon Seo Kim  student_reporter@dherald.com

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