We’re different. We may have once stalked the forest like other animals, but the skills are vanishing. We might have listened quietly for dinner to come our way, or scouted the woods for shelter, or sniffed a gathering storm. Wild Walk is an invitation to feel that way again, and to see the world once more the way the wild world still does.
Animals don’t have life spans, they have daily odds, and the odds, every second of the day, are long. Think of the bird that hatches hundreds of eggs in its life. Of those 100, only one survives to make its own eggs. Do the math and you’ll see. If more than one baby bird lived on, the birds would do what we have done – multiply their populations. So to be that 1 in 100 requires serious survival skills, finding food and shelter and all the while ducking away from danger in the form of weather, accident or another creature’s hunger.
For most of us a walk in the woods is a peaceful reverie. Wild Walk certainly has chances to contemplate the infinite web of life that spins around us, but it also has chances to clamber across an unstable surface too, and to balance off the ground and sense a little of the fleeting life of the forest.