The Journey of Dandelion Snailrider

Day Thirteen: Arizona

From:       Dandelion Snailrider
To:         Mr. A--
Subject:    Day Thirteen: Chugging Along
Date:       December 22, 2002

Dear Mr. A--,

My deepest and most sincere apologies for not writing
to you yesterday! As we were leaving Australia, the
Dread Snail Roberts mentioned his deep sadness at
not having seen his family for many, many years.
Snails, as you know, have extensive and largefamilies
with intricate kinship systems and personal
histories that may go back for generations upon
generations. The Dread Snail Roberts comes from one of
the older, more noble snail families, which holds
considerably-sized fiedoms in Timbuktu, Milan, and
Bakersfield, California. So, naturally, we found
ourselves in Timbuktu, with dozens of snail relations
but no Internet access. I took a number of
photographs, but none of them developed properly.

So after a long night of drinking tea and munching on
leaves with my snail's sisters and parents and
siblings and cousins, the Dread Snail Roberts and I
finally made our way from Africa. Because of our
detour, and our already dreadfully slow pace (a
Patagonian Warrior Snail is still a snail, after all),
we were able to travel no further than Arizona.

However, I know that you will be most pleased to know
that we have, indeed, arrived safe and sound within
the United States! As I mentioned, we arrived in
Arizona, where we had an exciting time visiting the
Grand Canyon. My snail was most excited about taking
one of the burro rides down to the river at the
bottom of the canyon, but I was firmly opposed to the
idea. Our trip has experienced enough delays and
detours already.

However, I did agree to take a train ride along the
Grand Canyon. Attached to this e-mail, in fact, is a
photograph of myself standing onthe bac of the
train, just before we arrived at Zeke's Horse Tack and
Internet Cafe. In fact, I am sitting in Zeke's at this
very moment, enjoying a bowl of nice popcorn and
a bottle of fresh sarsaprilla. Very soon we shall make
our way from here to Bakersfield to visit some more of
my snail's familyand relations, and then we
shall go north to Campbell!

My journey is nearly complete! I have kept the Alaskan
salmon haggis safe and cool and it should be quite
delicious on Christmas Eve. I do look forward to
meeting your family.

Until then, I remain

Your steadfast and ardent journeyer,

Sir Dandelion Snailrider, Esq.

On To Day Fourteen

Copyright ©2002 by Richard S. Crawford