Monday, July 21, 2008 ♥
Once in a lifetime experience- Bush walk ♥ 11:05 PM
The last time I went for a bush walk in Mundaring, it was with Canning college people and I remembered vividly that I never walked so much in my life before. I enjoyed that trip very much and learned some new things because Arthur, who is our guide(and with a PROPER map) kept telling us stories and point out stuff to us:) I enjoyed my trip despite the long walk so I thought I would bring RP to feel how a bush walk feels like. As usual, when I organise, somehow, a lot of people will join. Thank God for that:)
In case you forgot my previous trip, here is it. Mundaring Bush Walk
Anyway, in the end, 3 cars went, Wilson, Kelvin and me drove:) A grand total of 15 people went!
Kelvin, Maya, Simon, Michael, Ken, Joyce, David, Debby, Vince, Jonny, Wilson, Mel, Alison, Amanda and me!
The beginning of our adventure!
But before that, we had lunch first. Need the energy for the long long walk!
Prayer before setting out. With me as the tour guide, I believe every form of spiritual intervention is required. I don't even trust myself, I can't believe all of you did! You guys are such wonderful brothers and sisters:P You know, there is a reason why I wore super bright pink jacket?? So that people can spot me if I ever got lost:P
Me: Hey, I think we probably get lost.
Some people: Okok, we trust you.
Me: Are you sure? OK, better bring the GPS along just in case. Let's go then!
They really trust me:S Sighs, they really don't know what they are in for.
Kelvin pretending to have lost his way... Never did he expect that we are going to be lost:P
I know this is weird coming from me, but I really do love bush walking. Looking at God's creation never fails to overwhelm me. Hey, my life is not all about shopping ok! Besides, bush walking is so awesome and it's free!
Me: Hey everybody, check this out.
Somebody: What is it?
Me: I don't know.
Got wacked by twins i think.
Start of the walk and everybody is still very enthusiastic. Especially Vince and Jonny. This is not army can? Stop singing! You guys are scaring the wildlife away! Guess, which half of the twin is she? Hint: Her first initial starts with A :P
We spotted kangeroos! From far far away and I thought they were babies because I always expected Kangeroos to be as tall as me!
Took a short break at Ball creek. I was trying to figure out where we are because the map didn't say. In the end, we just followed the snake signs.
We take so many group pictures!
Another impromptu rest place.
Eating the Mandarins that RP bought at Subi market yesterday.
And carrying on our way.
We saw a baby waterfall but not the waterfall I had in mind.
Your fabulous tour guide;)
Die die must get into the picture too!
Some random plant we saw along the way.
After about 2 hours, people started asking whether we are there or not because the plan was to get back to the car park after 4 hours walk and drive to the Mundaring Weir because it is too far to walk to. And after Weir, we were meant to have world best pizza!
All the while, I kept answering that we had to get on the main road and I was a bit worried that we are lost:S
Then, HALLELUJAH! We found Allens Road. But we have a problem. Which way? Left or right? I then said aloud that my gut feelings says this way*points towards the cars direction*
Then got shot down because if you read the map correctly, the sun is setting in that direction so technically we have to walk that direction. Ok lor, don't believe tour guide. Actually I wasn't really sure but then I always follow my gut feelings to stay out of trouble. But I just follow because I thought they might know something I don't. I'm not very good at directions anyway.
I never seen people who are lost in the bush walk so happy before!
Still can pose for pictures:)
All around are bushes.
Then we met a forked road. How??? Maya says we shouldn't go on the broad road and we should take the narrow road (quote from bible) but we still took the broad road-___-" We prayed before moving on. By this time, Jonny seems very worked up and I was pretty scared of him more than getting lost. By this time, we decided that the map is crap and so is the GPS because it keeps saying that we are on Allens road no matter where we turn!
We saw a river and thought that we should just follow it and hopefully it will lead us to the Weir.
And it got darker and darker... And we can't seem to see the weir. But to tell you the truth, I wasn't worried. There were 15 of us, scared what? The playful part of me was eager for the adventure:)
Mel was scared of the dark and she started crying. We started singing hymns to help those who are scared to feel better. That including myself because I have a fear of darkness but I had to put up a brave front. But honestly, I'm glad we all had faith and trusted God.
After walking for some time, we decided to turn back because Ken's GPS says the weir is very very far away. Besides, we decided to go back to a place where we remembered that there was reception because Ben called to ask where we are.
We stopped to pray and rest at the fork road before moving on. To tell you the truth, I was prepared to spend the night in the forest. I'm sure that there is a God's will in everything and I suppose He want to show us the night scene:P Maya saw shooting star!
Halfway towards the place that has reception, I NEEDED to pee! Literally went into the bush with RP accompanying me to do it. I came back to the place where the rest are sitting down and said I needed wet tissue then Ken took out his alcohol wipes! Haha, never thought that it will come to use:) Then after me, a few others follow suit. Tell me about trend setting:P
We rested while the rest went to pee. And I started saying that I'm hungry. Ken again! Proceeded taking out food from his bag. Our personal Doremon:):):) Wonder what else he has in that bag:P
I think the most miraculous thing is that it didn't rain. And I wasn't feeling cold either despite the temperature dropping. Ski trip in Sydney must have helped:P But I think it's God's protection because I felt warm and nice although I'm only wearing thin layers.
All the while we kept singing hymns and checking our phones for reception until Vince managed to send a message to Ben to tell him to find help because we are lost. Wah piang, Ben super useless! He thought we got lost on the roads and said we had GPS. Obviously we wouldn't have tell him that if we are in civilisation, would we?
The funny thing was we speculated about what he will do then some of us were like, nah, Ben won't bother. There goes one precious message...
Moving on and on, Wilson finally got reception and he called the police! Yay! We thought we are saved until... it got disconnected again:S
First step was to get through the main operator by stating our location. If we were in a real serious emergency, we are probably dead by now. Anyway, after a few calls, we managed to get to the local police.
So much for a creative imagination. Watched CSI or those detective shows before? Trust me, none of that happened. I thought the police will locate us via our phone location or that it might have helped if we give them our satellite dimensions. None of that happened. Then I thought, oh maybe they are getting the dogs to find us. THAT didn't happen either.
The funniest thing was, the police asked where we were and Wilson was like 'we are in the jungle'. All of us heard and laughed because here it is called BUSH! Wait, actually that is the second funniest because the funniest bit was the police asked us where exactly are we?
If we know where we were, we wouldn't be calling you right?! Where did all the taxpayers money go to I wonder:S
Allens Road was not good enough an answer for them because it's a long stretch of road so somehow I took over the phone to describe we saw. I remembered pine trees and river. Ended up discussing with the rest before telling the police what we saw.
Maybe the police thought we were pranking so we said our cars were in the car park and they seemed to think that we are nearby because she asked whether I can hear the siren or not-___-"
They finally concluded we were really far away. And we were saying that if we were the president's or some big shot's kids then they prolly come with helicopters to find us. I think I watched too much tv.
We had an impromptu testimony session while waiting for the police to find us.
RP trying to look lost/sad. But by that time, we were just waiting for the police to pick us up.
Boy are we glad that they came! I still thought I had to spend the night in the open.
Have you seen people in police car so happy before? And we found out that if we had taken the opposite direction, we will have reached our car!!! 50- 50 chance and we got it wrong. Pathetic. But I think my God is awesome and has a sense of humour. Come on, seriously it was fun and none of us were traumatised.
Ok, one serious one ok? Do I look like I got into serious trouble:P
Anyway, it was by amazing arrangement that one of the police dude who knows the bush at the back of his hand was on duty that night. He was hardly on that shift so I assume that it was by God's wonderful arrangement that this happened if not, we seriously had to spend the night in the bush because the police don't intend to get lost either.
The police were pretty excited because this kinda of hype hardly come by. Give them something to do:P
Anyway, we didn't manage to get our pizza:( Next time ok? The police escorted us out of the park. Had their siren on too! Haha, how cool are we??! Once a life time experience which I'll not pass up for anything else. Not even shopping! All in all, I thank God because surprisingly, nobody blamed me. Plus I think it was awesome fellowship:)
3 life lessons to dish out so that you people will not repeat the same mistakes again.
1. BUY a good map. The one at the tourist centre is crap!
2. Don't expect the police to be too high tech. Make sure you have a fully charged satellite phone if you plan to go into the bush.
3. When in doubt, pray.
My words of wisdom. You can thank me later;)
So when is the next bush walk again?
♥ Princess Serene