Last Updated: May 1, 1997


Writing about the Journey


May 4, 1996

The first day of my trip we got on the plane in Boston then 4 hours later we got off the plane in Denver. The airport in Denver was very very big. Then Marc my dad rented a car while me and my mom Deanie waited. But I did not wait for the whole time most of the time I was pushing carts through a machine and the machine gave me a quarter. Every time I pushed a cart through I got a quarter and I made $1.75. Then when Dad got the car we went to a hotel for the night.

May 5, 1996

The next day we got out of the hotel. We went up to Pike's Peak but came down after being up there for 5 minutes because I started to feel badly because I ran around. We were 14,000 feet above sea level so that's why I felt bad when I ran around. I also felt bad becasue there was barely any oxygen up there. Then we went to Garden of the Gods and I took mom and dad on some hikes on paths next to the mountains. The hikes we went on were very cool. Then we went to Cave of the Winds we saw stalagtites and stalagmites and we also went through windy paths and low paths. Then we went to a camp site for the night.

May 6, 1996

Then the next day we went to Cripple Creek. When we got there we went 1.000 feet under ground in a gold mine. The tour guide showed us really cool things I also got some real gold!!! Then we went to Cave of the winds again to go on a lantern tour but it was only on weekends so we did not get to go on it. Then we drove to the Royal Gorge and walked across the bridge. Then I played a game in a play pit. Then we went to the All Aboard Train show. Then we walked to the tram and took the tram across the gorge. The gorge is over 1.000 feet deep. Then we went to a camp ground and played miniature golf.

May 7, 1996

The next day we played miniature golf. Then we went to the sand dunes. Where we put up the tent in the wind. We also took a little hike. Then we rested for a long time. Then we went to bed.

May 8, 1996

The next day we went for a hike in the sand dunes it was very hard to get up to the top of the sand dunes. But about half way up I met a boy named Jack we climbed the rest of the way up. Then we ran down and went back to the camp ground then we play catch for a little while then we used his slingshot to see how far we could shoot it. Then we killed some ants with rocks. Then we used the slingshot to kill the ants. Then his family left and we stayed here and took a hike. Then we went to bed.

May 9, 1996

The next day we drove 221 miles to Mesa Verde. Then we set up our tent. Then we took a hike. Then me and my dad played catch while mom cooked dinner. Then we had dinner. Then we went to sleep.

May 10, 1996

The next day we drove to the visitors center. We saw ruins of pit houses. We saw cave dwellings and cliff dwellings too. Then we took a really long hike. Then we went to the museum. Then we went to bed. On the hike we say canyons, more cliff dwillings and we also saw pictographs.

May 11, 1996

The next day we drove to Canyon de Chelly. On the way to Canyon de Chelly we went to 4 corners. I took pictures of the seals. Then dad took a picture of me in all 4 states. Then me and mom bought jewelry for her friends. I got a picture that the Navaho drew. Then we went on a hike in Canyon de Chelly. Then we looked at ruins at the end of the trail. The ruins were of cliff dwellings. Then we went to some overlooks of the cliff dwellings. Then I played with my new sling shot I got a Wal-Mart in Cortez.

May 12, 1996

This morning we saw more cliff dwellings at Canyon del Muerto. Then we saw a cliff called "The Two Fell". In 1805 the Spaniards attacked the Navahos. The Navahos were hiding in a cliff. One of the Spaniards climbed into the cliff. One of the Navaho women grabbed the soldier that climbed down into the cliff and jumped off the cliff with the soldier in her hand.

Then we drove to the Grand Canyon from Chinle. At the Grand Canyon we looked at the river in the canyon from the rim. In the evening we heard a ranger talk. Then we went to bed.

May 13, 1996

The next day me and mom took a hike. Then we drove to see some overlooks. Then we went on a hike with a tour. the trail was called Kaibab Trail. It was 1 1/2 miles round trip. Then we went to some more overlooks. Then we heard the ranger talk again. He talked about the Colorado River. Then we went to bed.

May 14, 1996

The next day we packed up. Then we drove to Glen Canyon from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. At Glen Canyon we took two tours of our own. Glen Canyon is a dam. Then we went to a pool for 2 hours. The we came back to the tent and cooked dinner. At the pool I met anouther friend. His name is Ian. Then after dinner we went to bed.

May 15, 1996

The next morning it was hot. So we left early in the morning to go to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. In the morning we went out for breakfast. On the way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon mom took a picture of some men on a bridge that we passed. Then we took a hike. We went on cliffs and then we went to the lodge for a while. Then we heard a ranger talk. Then we went on a night hike. Then we went to bed.

May 16, 1996

The next day we took a 4 mile hike. On the hike we saw mules and had to move out of the way for them. We also went through a tunnel. We rested on rocks and my mom was crazy because it was on a cliff and she is afraid of heights. Then we came up. It was 26 switch offs from the tunnel to the top. Then we went to some overlooks. Then we went out for dinner. Then we went to bed.

May 17, 1996

The next day we took a nature walk. Then we drove to Zion National Park. At Zion we took a hike. We saw 3 little emerald pools. We also saw 4 water falls. Then we took a small little hike. It was 1/2 mile. Then we went to bed.

May 18, 1996

The next day we took a hike with a ranger. She talked about how to read the cliffs. At the top me and dad went even farther on a skinny path on a sheer cliff. It was scary. Then we came down. Then we went down the cliff that the ranger tour was on. Then we went out for lunch. Then we took a hike through a river. Then we heard a ranger talk. Then we went to bed.

May 19, 1996

The next day we drove to Bryce Canyon. When we got there we took a hike. The walls looked like tall soldiers. One of the tall spires looked like a chicken. We also went through 3 little tunnels. Then we went back to the car and drove back to the tent. Then we went to bed.

May 20, 1996

The next day we took a horse ride. It was 3 hours long. There was 22 people and 3 wranglers each wrangler had 10 people but the last wrangler only had 2 people. Our wranglers name is Steve Floyd. He was very nice and very funny. He held on to the rope that was attached to my horse the whole way. My horses name is Peach my moms horses name is Black Widow and my dads horses name is Leroy. Steve showed us really cool things I'll tell you all of the things he showed us. He showed us Mrs. Doubtfire the king and the queen of the chessboard that got lost the two who tried to kiss for 100 years but they could not the naked lady. Then he said to me don't look your not old enough. Then after the ride we went to some overlooks. Then me and mom drew while dad read and did the laundry. Me and mom also bought some tapes. Then we went to bed.

May 21, 1996

The next day we drove to Capitol Reef. Then we took a hike. We saw a arch that was 133 feet long. Then we came back. Then we had dinner. Then me and dad played catch while mom painted. Then we went to a hotel for the night.

May 22, 1996

The next day we went out for breakfast. Then we got a campsite. Then we took a hike. We saw the Golden Throne. Then we went to a ranger talk. It was about mountain lions and deer. Then we drove up a wash. A wash is where the water goes after it rains. Then we had dinner. Then we went to a ranger talk at 8:45 PM. The we went to bed.

May 23, 1996

The next day we drove to Canyonlands. Then we took 4 small little hikes. On one of them we think we saw a bobcat footprint. We also saw 1 yellow flower and 1 pink flower on a cactus too. On another hike we saw Anasazi storage rooms. Then we went to some overlooks. Then we went back to the camp site and had dinner. Then we went to bed.

May 24, 1996

The next day we drove to Arches National Park. Then we took a hike. We saw Broken Arch. Then we took another hike. We saw Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Landscape Arch, Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, and Wall Arch. Then we went to some overlooks. Then we went on some short hikes. We saw Sand Dune Arch. Then we had dinner. Then we went to bed.

May 25, 1996

The next day it was raining. So we thought that Fiery Furnace was going to be cancelled. But then it stopped raining. But we were too late in had started already. So we decided to go to the 4:00 O'clock one and because so many people didn't show up so we got to go. We saw 4 arches they were cool. Then we went back to the camp site and had dinner. Then we went to bed.

May 26, 1996

The next day we went to Dinosaur National Monument. On the way me and mom saw pictographs. At the park we took a drive to some overlooks. Then we went to ta KOA for the night. When we were driving to the park we saw antelope. Then I watched Jurassic Park. Then I had dinner. Then we went to bed.

May 27, 1996

The next day we drove to dinosaur National Monument. Then we took a hike. We saw 4 rabbits. I saw 42 lizards so I had a total of 98 lizards. Then we went to the museum. We saw dinosaur bones in a cliff and they put the museum right around the cliff. Then we took a hike. We went through washes and anfractuosity. I went onto the top of a sand stone rock which was 100 feet high. Then we decided to go to a hotel because it started to rain. Then we went to bed.

May 28, 1996

The next day we drove to Rocky Mountain National Park. One of the roads were closed so we had to go down over and then up which took about 3:30. Then we went to Hermit Park and stayed in a cabin for the night.

May 29, 1996

The next day we went to a overlook and we saw bighorn sheep. Then we went to the museum. We saw a lot of cool things. Then we took a hike. We saw a lake and we also saw a yellow bellied marmot. Then we went shopping. Then we had dinner. Then we went out for ice cream. Then we went to bed.

May 30, 1996

The next day we went to the visitors center. Then we went on a hike that was called Beavers Lake. We saw beaver dames. Then we went to an overlook. Then we went on trail ridge road but it was closed at rainbow curve so we had to wait for 1:45 min. It was closed because there was 9 and 10 foot drifts on the road. Then it opened so we went 16 miles down the road and then we came back. Then we got some gas. Then we had dinner. Then we went to look for beavers at beaver lake and for big horned sheep at alluvial fan. Then we went to bed.

May 31, 1996

The next day we took a hike. We had to walk in snow. Then we took a shower. Then we drove to Lee's house. Then we went out for dinner. Then when we got to Lee's house at 12:00 mom came up stairs to go to bed and I was in bed but I was so thirsty I could barely talk. Then mom got me a drink. Then I went to bed in mom's bed with her. When dad came up to bed he moved me to my real bed.

June 1, 1996

The next day we went out for breakfast. Then we drove to the Greeley airport. Lee took us up in his plane. Then we went back to Lee's house to get our bags. Then we went to the Denver airport and took a plane home. Then a van picked us up and drove us home. Then dad read to me. Then I went to bed.


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