The view of the surrounding countryside from the top of the Arapilles is spectacular. I saw a shimmering lake in the distance. It was so clear and still that it looked like a mirror, reflecting the clouds above from the ground. I decided that the next day I would take a walk to go and see it.
I walked off through the bush and observed some small berries and fruit on the way. I've always liked botany, and survival stories and I wondered which ones I would be able to eat if I really needed to. Next time I go to Australia I would like to do a 'bush tucker' tour to learn which Australian plants are edible.
Walking along the path made me think about a book I had been reading a book at home called 'extreme survivors' - a collection of great survival stories from around the world. One of my favourite survival stories was about three girls Molly Craig (aged 14), Daisy Kadibil (aged 11) and Gracie Fields (aged 8). It was 1931 and the three girls had been relocated from where they had formerly lived in a remote aboriginal community in Jiggalong in Western Australia. The girls had then walked an enormous distance, 2,400 km (1,500 miles) through difficult terrain to get back home. This story reminds me of what a big difference training and experience make to survival. The book has been made into a movie called 'Rabbit proof fence' which I recommend.