Instead of doing the traditional barbie or going to the beach on our National Day Off (aka Australia Day) – I headed into the bush with my husband for a spot of geocaching.
It was hot, it was dry, it was uphill, I was very wary that snakes would be about. It was so much on my mind that I thought of little else the whole way. My thanks go to Kristy Lyseng and her blog post about fears, for these thoughts echoing through my mind. Snakes are definitely on the list. Especially Tasmanian snakes.
We only have three types of on the Island and they rank from nasty to extremely nasty. I’m not about to weigh in on the “how deadly” world comparison – dead is dead after all.
We found the cache up the top of the hill but on the way back it was so windy that my eyes were streaming. My head was down a bit to stop the hat blowing off and to protect my eyes and I, well, got too close to a Tiger Snake for comfort. He reared up a bit and his neck flared out. That caught my eye and made me stop.
The snake slithered away and all was well. As we walked back down the hill my mind went into overtime anguishing how I could have let myself get that close before I noticed. I’ll swear I also examined every piece of fallen bark and every stick on the track, just in case it moved.
The cache we were after was Channel Views. Sounds nice doesn’t it?
Do you ever put yourself in the path of your fears? Does your mind churn so much that you think you may have brought it all on your self? What do you do on public holidays?