Monday Writing Prompt: Let’s Go Exploring!

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Mike Dwyer

Mike Dwyer is a former writer and contributor at Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    OK, I’m going with the obvious….

    “Two days West of the Hood River. Our men are hungry, tired and on the verge of mutiny. Our clothes have been wet for nearly a fortnight. Provisions are meager, morale low. How did we come to this? We left the tranquility of the Missouri backwater in high spirits. One month later, I don’t know if our party will survive this trip intact. If Nature and the indigenous people of this region remain conspired against us, all may be lost.

    Still, Representative Akin assures us that this time we shall take the Senate, and woe to the Mohammedan tyrant and his Billy-no-mates cronies! We shall lead a righteous donnybrook, and “Freedom and States Rights!” shall be our gardyloo.”Report

  2. Avatar Kazzy says:

    Jaybird paused. He removed his virtual reality helmet and looked around at the familiar confines of his living room. “This newest version of ‘Oregon Trail’ is awesome!” he thought to himself.Report

  3. Avatar greginak says:

    Next para v 1:
    “Wish you were here.”Report

  4. Avatar zic says:

    Two days West of the Hood River. Our men are hungry, tired and on the verge of mutiny. Our clothes have been wet for nearly a fortnight. Provisions are meager, morale low. How did we come to this? We left the tranquility of the Missouri backwater in high spirits. One month later, I don’t know if our party will survive this trip intact. If Nature and the indigenous people of this region remain conspired against us, all may be lost.

    It was the spine of the world that broke our spirits, even as it uplifted them. Never have we seen sights so noble. Never a trek so fraught with difficulties. Looking back, sick as we were of gruels of beans or oats, they would be a happy welcome this morning; but the last of our beans and oats are gone, washed down a river with two pack horses, the medical supplies, and Sergeant Clemons. How I miss his jokes; his ability to lighten the mood and poke fun at our foibles. But Clemons is gone, the oats are gone, nothing but forage for the horses and for the men. I’m still foraging for the reasons we’re here; all the reasons that sounded so grand two months ago seem like the plans of ale-sotted men in their dotage.

    I know this, if we are to survive, we need a guide. Someone who can speak to the hostiles when necessary and help us avoid them when needed. Someone who can help us find the mountain passes and fords in the rivers to get to the Pacific. Each night, I pray to Almighty God for such a guide; but I fear it will be the Devil that answers my prayers.Report

  5. Avatar Glyph says:

    “No point in mentioning those bats, I thought. Poor bastard will see them soon enough.”Report

  6. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Two days West of the Hood River. Our men are hungry, tired and on the verge of mutiny. Our clothes have been wet for nearly a fortnight. Provisions are meager, morale low. How did we come to this? We left the tranquility of the Missouri backwater in high spirits. One month later, I don’t know if our party will survive this trip intact. If Nature and the indigenous people of this region remain conspired against us, all may be lost.

    Fortunately, we have remained undetected. The Columbia Generating Station is only a day’s hike away. After the bad experience in what used to be Nebraska, we hope that the lusher and more overcast conditions will allow us to approach without tripping any alarms from whatever warlord has seized power here. It is hard to remember what we used to be now. More of a vision, really, than a memory. Aasif, the most determined of our party, remembers the least, for he was only nine years old when it all broke down. But if we can secure the cooperation of enough places that still create electricity, we can start to knit a nation together again.Report

  7. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    You guys are awesome…Report

  8. Avatar James Hanley says:

    “Two days West of the Hood River. Our men are hungry, tired and on the verge of mutiny. Our clothes have been wet for nearly a fortnight. Provisions are meager, morale low. How did we come to this? We left the tranquility of the Missouri backwater in high spirits. One month later, I don’t know if our party will survive this trip intact. If Nature and the indigenous people of this region remain conspired against us, all may be lost.”

    But if we can press through for two more days, we’ll be in Portland, and can all have a cup of good coffee, and mayhaps a shower at Tod’s house.Report

  9. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    We were somewhere around Portland on the edge of the ocean when the drugs began to take hold.Report

  10. Avatar Randy Harris says:

    That evening I implored everyone to remember why we were doing this, with the realty of what we were fleeing and visions of our destination. There was a noticeable increase in morale.

    Two days later, however, everything came crashing down when our gross navigation error became obvious. Rather that reaching Galt’s Gulch, we were entering the socialist nightmare of Portland!Report

  11. Avatar Stillwater Hanley says:

    This battle over Moral Terrain, waged in the name of liberty and Freedom, has now spanned generations and inflicted immeasurable suffering on both sides. Even though Teh Gays established a stronghold on legal high ground our bloody battle waged on. Liberals watched in horror as our Conservative soldiers hurled themselves against fortifications and ramparts freshly won, wondering if the causalities could ever be justified given the strength of Teh Gay army. Their rare moments of somber reflection, in their small reprieves from the overwhelming fury of our Conservative counterattack, were punctuated by quizzical stares at what an increasing number even of our own host began to call a baffling, and tragic, series of ineffectual responses. Tragic, yes, as the numberly of cowardly deserters increased, and the number of casualties climbed ever higher…

    And here we are, those few of us who remain faithful to the cause of TradMar, [t]wo days West of the Hood River. Our men are hungry, tired and on the verge of mutiny. Our clothes have been wet for nearly a fortnight. Provisions are meager, morale low. How did we come to this? We left the tranquility of the Missouri backwater in high spirits. One month later, I don’t know if our party will survive this trip intact. If Nature and the indigenous people of this region remain conspired against us, all may be lost.Report

    • Avatar greginak in reply to Stillwater Hanley says:

      !!Stillwater Hanley?? Has there been some sort of terrible technological error born of hubris like in The Fly that has led to this previously unknown creation?Report

    • Avatar Stillwater in reply to Stillwater Hanley says:

      If Nature and the indigenous people of this region remain conspired against us, all may be lost.

      “Diary entry 34: Four days from Missouri now, and desperation fuels our bodies more than the the rancid provisions we boil for food. Efforts to find meat in this God forsaken coastal enclave prove fruitless and our munitions are depleted. Our hopes of defending tradmar from the raving Heathen claws are waning, we’re balanced on the brink of finality, a precipice of doom. Our frustrations grow. We cling to our guns and religion in this final hour as a living testament to freedom.”Report

  12. Avatar rexknobus says:

    I’m sorry, this is way, way Off-Topic (deserves the capitals). If the powers-that-be decide that this shouldn’t make the cut of posting, I’ll understand.

    A friend, K.T. Beck is posting his unsold screenplays online and his “Colter” is one of them. He’s not selling it; this isn’t a sales pitch; it’s a free download in .pdf. But if you have any interest in the history of the exploration of the continent (or just a rousing adventure), check out this script. You can click past the page where he supplies a link to his novels on Amazon, but really, there’s no sales going on. The script is a fun read.

    ktbeck (dot) com will get you there. I am sorry if this is inappropriate. And I have loved the very creative replies above.Report

  13. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    Hey everyone… I know I mentioned posting some of the better submissions but these are all too good to choose from. So I will just say that this was so fun to do and read. I will probably try to make this a semi-regular feature in the future.Report