LOOK OUT BELOW!
THE gigantic boulders
beginner climb at Joshua Tree National
Park in California swarmed over every
inch of land like scavenging ants
covering a fallen animal. My hands
shook like an earth-quake, but I began
my ascent. One foot...then the other..one
Before I knew it, I was at the top.
I turned white as a vampire at the
plunging view. Because now, I had
to rappel back down.
Suddenly I was as stiff as the rock
I was leaning on. I decided that no
amount of money could make me move
my anvil feet.
But then, I noticed encouraging
gestures from my fellow Scouts below.
I snatched my feet off the wall and felt
freedom. At the bottom I exclaimed,
"Hey, that was fun!"
-Mike Buchanan, Troop 36, Irvine, Calif