In the first week of the mid-semester break the Introduction to Structural and Field Geology students headed off to the upper reaches of Lake Burrinjuck to try their luck at geological interpretation. The seven day field trip is a full-on exercise with hardly a moment of leisure, and out in the field rain hail or shine. And rain it did on the Tuesday, all day, hardly a welcoming baptism by the Murrumbidgee rain gods! By the end of the day most students were saturated and sick to death of wind and rain that just didn't let up. Thankfully Wednesday dawned clear and bright and the weather stayed fine for the rest of the week, so the discomfort of the rainy day was quickly forgotten, to be replaced by sore feet and weariness for all but the toughest budding geologists.
We produced stratigraphic columns of varying competence (pun intended), brightly coloured and somewhat accurate geological maps of Cavanous proportions, major redbeds and nonsenssis layers, and attempted to squeeze enough pertinent scribblings into little yellow books to allow conversion to a cranky section (or something like that) after we collapsed into our beds and slept for the remaining week of the break.
Superb scenery, great accommodation, top food, and a full program to keep the boredom from the door, who could ask for more? Thanks to all the staff and helpers who put in a great effort to ensure that we, the students, got the best out of what for many of us will be a defining week in our geological careers, as we start to comprehend a little of what lies ahead if we pursue earth science.