“Don't go to Crichton Castle, a mediaeval relic in countryside south of Edinburgh [if you really do not like walking through fields of cows]. It is in the middle of a field that routinely has cows in it. You can't park any closer than the gate into the field, where there is even a sign telling you to close the gate because of the cows. There are 600 yards of walking track through the field to the castle. It even spirals round the castle before reaching any entrance and the cows graze right up around it. Yet this is a paid for staffed attraction run by Historic Scotland. It's publicity says nothing about the cows at all.”
Everyone finds their own personal space in the room. I have a defined"acting space" in my classroom--a large open area--and I tell the studentsthey must remain inside this area all the time. Students begin tomove their bodies through space. I coach them to find every conceivableway to move their bodies through space. This can get noisy, and youhave to watch to be sure they are not discovering ways like throwing theirclassmates, etc., but my students love it. When we have exploreddifferent ways to move through space for five or ten minutes, we sit anddiscuss. On the board, I make a list of all the ways we have discoveredto move our bodies though space. These often include:
WalkingOnce we have the list "finished" we get up again, and I coach the wholegroup through each item on the list.
Running (We discuss this one ahead of time. Running isa legitimate way to move, but not in the classroom.)
Walking on hands
Dragging lower body with arms
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Day 2. Canaima - Angel Falls
Early in the morning we continue by boat on the river "Churun" up to the island "Raton". After arriving at our camp on the banks of the Churún River, opposite the Falls, we will commence a 1 hour hike through the jungle which will lead us to the Mirador Laime vantage point, from where we can take in a spectacular view of the Angel Falls. We will then venture on for 10 more minutes until we reach the small pond at the base of the falls, where we can enjoy a swim in the cold waters flowing of the Falls themselves. Finally, as the afternoon fades away, it will be time to walk back to camp, where a nice warm dinner will be waiting for us before we fall asleep in our hammocks and mosquito nets under the mighty shadow of the magnificent Angel Falls. ( B / L / D )
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“I have had lots of encounters with cows and bullocks. Similar to those mentioned above. I have also felt that there has been a change in their behaviour and part of me thinks they were much more placid when I was younger (I'm 45). However, when I was 8 I was charged by a lone cow with calf in Cornwall. I was on a lane walk down to a beach and its calf emerged from bracken and charged past me into a nearby field. Next thing I saw horns coming out of the bracken and a huge cow emerged. I realised I was stood between her and the calf. The cow charged towards me and I bolted into the field and threw myself into nettles and brambles. When I popped up she was snorting and scraping and the exit to the field meant approaching the cow and calf. Managed to scramble over a Cornish hedge and get out safely. I believe that was a dangerous encounter but most of my other run ins have been with skittish bullocks and young cows. No less frightening admittedly. A friend and I were running through a field (was out on a run) of bullocks by the river Weaver. The herd was about 30 strong and they all gathered together and charged at us. I was terrified and think we were too far into the field to turn back. Asked my friend what we should do and he said, carry on running. The herd continued to run at full pelt towards us and then at the last minute with metres to spare they all came to a dead stop and watched us run by. My heart was pounding. I think a lot of the behaviour is curiosity and playfulness. One gentleman on here said the behaviour calmed down in May. This makes me think of something a farmer told me. They have been cooped up in a barn overwinter and are suddenly let loose in a field. They are excitable and curious about everything hence the crowding and skittish behaviour. I hate going through fields of cattle but make myself do it all the same. Often it's just not practical to take a detour. When cattle have "mobbed" me I just maintain the most direct course to the stile out of the field walking calmly. I have never needed to spread my arms or use a stick. I'm always glad when I get to the other side.
Another reason I may be noticing this behaviour more now is now I'm older I spend more time in the country walking now I'm older. Rather than at pubs and clubs with mates. Therefore more encounters of the bovine kind!”
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“Following on from the previous threads I too have noticed increased aggression from cattle when crossing or even passing feilds either with or without dogs. I have a couple of very scary incidents with catle charging towards me and having to take evasive action. I do a lot of rural walking and geocaching and it is fast becoming a way of getting an adrenaline fix! A few years ago I would confidently walk through a herd of cattle but not any more. Aggression seems to be the norm these days. They behave like overtired kids that have had too many e numbers. Before entering a field I always check for cattle and avoid entering even if that means a detour and some wall scrambling. I use a GPS and put a way mark on the path further ahead so that I can get back on route as soon as possible without trespassing too much. So far I haven't had any hassle from land owners but I would be happy to defend myself. There is definitely something different to a few years ago, I understand that farmers need to use their land and the safety of walkers is probably not their primary consideration (they probably prefer we weren't there in the first place) but I think there needs to be greater awareness of the risks and some reasonable steps to keep people safe.”