Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Not the Moon, but Maybe


I could skip the part about spending Valentine's Day with a dozen strangers.
And the part where four 17 year old boys rode up to our campfire on one ATV, then stripped down to their bleached white underwear and danced with wedgies.
Maybe one of them got this last bit of covering stolen and then hidden by one of our crew. Maybe she said she was inspired by the scene from Now and Then with the Wormer brothers.

Maybe the boys left and came back trying to prove they weren't as childish as thieves, digging holes with their dirt bike tires around our twinkle light tee pee and dog bowls and taking over our music selections.

Maybe someone threw a beer bottle at one of them.
Some people don't care for careful behavior, but then maybe those of us who do stayed in the RV with the lights off.
Maybe all of our concerns out here were a little different.

I could leave out the part about the BB guns and the Tecate cans, the part about building a fire with thirsty sticks, the part about winning my first game of Rummikub, the part about how the sky looked old and the dirt craved being in your nose.

I could tell you I saw a tan dog with no tail.
I saw a highway.
That I drank a whole carton of grapefruit juice, but my lips were still dry.
That I saw sunlight on the sand and a couple in a fight.
Saw hula hoops with sparkle tape.
Saw a dead gopher.
Saw the sun set in a haze.
Borrowed a sweatshirt from Basia.
Danced a slow dance with Scott.
Saw my friends holding hands.
Took a picture with my dragon and my baby.

I could skip all the details and just tell you the desert made us feel so far from home, like we went to the moon, but maybe that would make it seem like we didn't make any memories at all. 

20 comments:

  1. Sounds like a particularly memorable trip, close to the edge. The last five lines of memories are lovely, I was happy to see dragon. CJ xx

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    1. haha, I think he was happy to be seen, he likes attention!

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  2. Oh, I loved this post! So poetic...
    Marta xx

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  3. This sounds so crazy haha, but I think that sounds like an amazing valentines day!! We have a valentines tradition of inviting a group of friends and having valentines dinner all out together, 9 years running now, next year being our 10th I think we need a crazy adventure like this:)

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    1. Yes, definitely a little crazy. What a fun tradition. I think going big for year 10 won't be a bad idea at all.

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  4. Hahaha, dessert being 'so sweet' is awesome but I remember it because I like two helpings of dessert, therefore it has two s :) Another great post, Devon, looks like you had a heap of fun x

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    1. That's true too! I like it...and thank you Laura :)

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  5. I love this... I always thought about desert and dessert as ... dessert has 2 S's because you would want a 2nd helping... but you wouldn't necessarily want a 2nd helping of the desert - unless it was like this weekend because this all sounds awesome!

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    1. I'm always down to go back for seconds if it's cookies or ice cream. You're right, I would go back for this desert again though, too, :) ...(but probably not in the summer!)

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  6. That's a lot of memories. Makes me miss the desert. It will never feel like home (to me) but it's special and like none other.

    I remember learning that "dessert" has two s's because you want more.

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    1. It had been years since we'd been to the desert. I had totally forgotten about its magic. I'll have to remember that spelling trick too!

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  7. Gorgeous, Dev! Love your words & pictures.

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  8. Always love when you show your journal=) you write so well=)

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  9. Glad that you could have maybe told us. I could have loved this post and maybe I think it's really awesome. Your telling in the could haves and maybes is perfection like Chandler's gum.

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  10. Sounds like you guys had a very eventful Valentine's! :)

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