I like cactus. I want to learn about all the kinds of cactus that there is. Saguaros, Prickly Pear, Barrel, and the one I don’t know the name of yet. I have only seen it once. Becoming a cactus expert would be fun, I think. It would also be interesting. I’m not scared to get up close to them, and pick prickles off of my clothes.
I like watching all the wild animals. I want to see a wild Javelina. I want to see how big it is. I also want to see a wild rattlesnake. I just don’t want it to know that I am there.
Right next to our campsite now, I have found a nest in a teddy bear cactus tree. There are birds in the nest. Daddy thinks that the mother bird is getting ready to lay eggs, because she stays near the nest and the papa bird brings her food. I watched him feed her. They picked a good place to build their nest. Teddy bear CACTUS is prickly up close, but from a distance it looks soft. The prickles protect the nest from predators.
I like meeting dogs. I have met dogs named Button, Chee-Chee, Angel, Sissy, Mr. Wrinkles (and Rats, but he’s not in my book), Tag, Charles, Francine, Eleanor, Franklin, Tracker, Hailey, Pepper, Molly, Muttley Cruise, Blue, Mercy, Katie, and Zoey. That’s nineteen dogs so far, not counting Rats, who’s really cute and sweet.
I did see a wild rattlesnake today! It was in the middle of the road when I came back from riding to the visitors center. I wanted to get to our campsite, so I was riding down the road, and I was really close to our campsite when I saw something in the road. I thought it was a stick, so I rode closer, and then it came into focus, and I saw the rattler! It didn’t rattle, I don’t even know if the snake knew I was there. I just thought it was so COOL!
I still want to see a Javelina.
I like Arizona. I like Virginia. I like New York. I like Pennsylvania.
So I do like a few states.
What I don’t like is going to places where war has taken place. It’s all so boring and dull. People talk. You see metal statues. You walk around trying to imagine people on the field, fighting. Dull, dull, dull.
I also don’t like going on really long walks in the woods. I like to see stuff, but I don’t know how long the walk is going to be, and I hate long walks. I like nature walks with a ranger. I like going bird-watching with a ranger.
I also don’t like getting pricked by cactus.
I hate when it isn’t the weekends when kids come to camp.
I hate the weekends when we don’t make friends.
So I dislike a few things, and I like a few things.
So, what did the rest of the family think of the trip halfway through the first year? Here’s what Harrison thought about RV life, (Dad) Boyink’s halfway on the one year roadtrip post, and MsBoyink’s six month review of traveling fulltime.