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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The USA (01/08/09)

TITLE: Here
By David Story
01/13/09


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In Dallas, three families are getting ready for their summer vacation. Soon they will take to the highway in a three-car convoy, and a State Trooper will meet them and safely escort them to the state line.

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At the Grand Canyon, two brothers are tired and out of breath as they pedal their way to the top of the of the bike trail at the rim of the canyon. When they finally make it to the top, some four hours later, they find another rental shack, and realize they could have instead rented their bikes there and coasted all the way down.

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On the beach at Waikiki, the same two brothers are rescued from drowning after going out too far into the ocean. They never tell their parents.

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In Yellowstone National Park, a father stays up all night outside the family tent, waiting and watching for the return of the large black bear that had wandered into camp the night before and licked the feet of one his children. His only weapon of defense – a frying pan.

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In Utah – a family on vacation narrowly escapes a serious accident as their car slides from one side of the highway to another on frozen ice.

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At the Glorieta Baptist Encampment in New Mexico, a teenage boy flushes his bag of marijuana down the toilet as he whispers a prayer of rededication to his Heavenly Father.

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At the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, a husband and wife sit in front of the doctor’s desk as he informs them both that the wife has a rare muscular disease named after the famous first baseman for the New York Yankees; Lou Gehrig.

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In California, a four-year-old hugs her best friend – a mouse.

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In Colorado Springs, a mother clutches tightly to the door handle of the car as the father navigates his way up the winding, dangerous road that leads to the top of Pikes Peak. The daughter rides along in the backseat, gleefully enjoying herself.

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In Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a family takes a tour of the Holy Land.

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In Carthage, Missouri, a ‘Precious Moment’ is had by all.

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In Galveston, a family of three say goodbye to a dear friend, as they scatter her ashes into the Gulf of Mexico.

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In New York City, a teenage girl stands silently at Ground Zero.

Memories.

Here.

In the United States of America


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Sheri Gordon01/15/09
I really like this. The format is different...and it works. I love the grand tour of our country...very interesting. Very nice job with the topic.
Lynda Schultz 01/15/09
Yes, it is different and the difference makes the words hold that much more punch. Nicely done.
Trina Courtenay01/16/09
Thanks for taking me around the U.S.A.

Blessings on your writing.
Sonya Leigh01/17/09
A real dance of poetry and prose. Very engaging and well done.
Joanne Sher 01/17/09
Definitely a creative take on the topic. Love the snapshots.
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/17/09
Your divergent pictures show well the USA.
Myrna Noyes01/18/09
Very interesting and unusual piece!

I didn't understand a couple of the scenes presented, but I was intrigued overall with your "slices of America."

I liked how you ended it, too!
Angela M. Baker-Bridge01/19/09
Creative way to tell so many stories in so few words.
Teresa Lee Rainey01/19/09
This is so very beautiful. Makes me feel all the more blessed to be born in such a great nation.
Jan Ackerson 01/19/09
Wonderful snapshots! I get the impression that these were all experienced by you or by people you know. I enjoyed reading this very much.
Betty Castleberry01/19/09
Love this unique take on the topic.

As a little side note, I've been to the Glorieta Baptist Encampment in New Mexico. It is beautiful.

This was a very enjoyable read. Well done.