Mark and Kathleen take a walk on the wild side 馬克與凱薩琳漫步在荒野
Mark and Kathleen stepped off the coach and picked up their backpacks. “Where on earth are we?” Mark asked, as he looked around at the trees and mountains. “I have no idea, but you must admit it’s beautiful,” said Kathleen. There wasn’t a single person in sight, which was just what she wanted for her camping trip. “Let’s go that way,” she said, pointing to a trail that led into the forest.
They walked along the trail for almost an hour until they came to a stream. Mark had brought his fishing equipment, so he took out his rod and slung the hook into the river. It didn’t take long before the first fish began to bite and by the time he’d finished he had almost a dozen fish.
But Kathleen thought fishing was boring. “Let’s do something more exciting, like climb a mountain. Fishing’s for old men!” Mark didn’t want to climb a mountain but he agreed. On the trail up the mountain they passed several hikers coming down. “Don’t go up there. It’s dangerous,” said one of the hikers. Mark was nervous, but Kathleen insisted that they continue. “Come on, silly. It’ll be an adventure!” she yelled.
Soon the trail narrowed and before long it was only wide enough for one person at a time to walk along it. If they put a foot wrong, they’d fall hundreds of meters down the mountainside. “Kathleen, I’m scared. Let’s find a place to camp,” said Mark. So they found a flat area and put the tent up. That evening, they roasted weenies and marshmallows, and sang songs around the campfire. Pretty soon they were both asleep, but in the middle of the night a loud noise outside the tent woke them up. Kathleen spoke first. “What was that? Let’s go and investigate…”
Write your own ending to the story!
Idea 1: A hungry bear has wandered over to their campsite! Does it attack them? How do they defend themselves?
Idea 2: They put the tent up on quicksand and now they are sinking! Do they manage to escape? How?
Idea 3: They forgot to put out the fire and now they’ve started a forest fire! Do they put out the fire? Are they both OK?
(JOHN PHILLIPS, STAFF WRITER)