Shizuka would pause, stopping by an oasis. It was a common resting spot for Shinobi and with the sun almost at its highest point it was a much welcome rest. She knelt by the water's edge, cupping a handful and smelling it.
"Oh, I've been here and there." She snickered at the comment of appearing strong. So, there was a new generation of Shinobi who now looked up to her? She snapped the water out of her hands before taking another handful and splashing her face with it.
"I've met someone from the Sakuragi. Sakuragi Sojiro-dono." Shizuka filled her water pouch but would not drink from it. She put in a little tablet, one designed to purify the waters. Just because it was running water it didn't always mean it was safe.
"Fill your canteen, drop one of the tablets in your survival packs." Shizuka, as a child had once drunk from a running water source as she was taught. Turns out just because it ran didn't mean it was good to drink. She pointed towards the other side of the bank. A little monkey with a bell around its neck drank deeply from the waters.
"Look, the monkey, it's safely drinking the water. Now it doesn't mean it's always safe because animals are drinking it. Some animals have built resistances to it." There were other signs, the type of grass that grew around the water, type of fruits, leaf coloring, the type of water life inside and there were tons more. These were things Shizuka had learned herself the hard way and some she was taught from those before her.
"Do your feet hurt? Dunk them in the water for a while but not too long oh and not with socks on." The first few times she traveled far out her feet had swollen. The sands had rubbed between her toes and caused blisters. Dunking your feet too long making them tender, chafing against your clothes. Shizuka would rest for no more than 15 minutes, for the sake of the genin before they'd continue on again.
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