So You Think You Can Caravan?

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a trip by pony
Just like the caravans of yore,
‘cross mountains far and lonely.
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They promised us a short, safe trip,
Return by lunchtime?  Sure!
Seven travelers set off that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.
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We climbed up hillsides far from home
The path was steep and stony.
No reins, no helmet to break the fall,
“Just hold onto your pony.”
  …………………………………………
We packed no food; there was no need,
We’d be home soon enough.
We held on fast to our tiny steeds,
But soon our bellies rumbled; soon our bellies rumbled.

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That three-hour-trip was just one way.
In the wilderness, that means
No shopping mall, no Circle K.
We rationed jelly beans! We rationed jelly beans!
  …………………………………………
So join me here to read the tale,
You’re sure to get a smile,
Seven exhausted horseriders,
They traveled so many miles.

 

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One of our ponies.
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This young man rode a donkey without even a proper saddle.
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“You’re going to have to get off and walk here. It’s too steep and dangerous for the horses.” Greeeeeaaat…
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Simon and I rode the pony on the right. I nicknamed him Munchie because he was as hungry as us.  But he could eat grass.  We couldn’t.
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View of our trail. It gets pretty dry and desolate up in the mountains!
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Taking a break. No, children, there’s still no food in the bag.
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Atop a dam for a rest stop. The children are counting the last of our jelly beans.
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Coming upon a minority village.
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Finally! We made it to the village! Maybe we can pay them to feed us lunch!
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Nope. But we managed hot water and peaches.
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This fellow took a real liking to Simon.
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At another home, the matriarch dressed up to show us her traditional headwear.
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The kids were more interested in the candy she shared.  Woohoo, sweet, caloric sustenance!
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Listen up, America. If they can manage solar power out here, we can do better. I know we can.
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Returning to town after a long, seven-hour pony ride. These elderly folks were walking home for the day, singing and clapping as they walked.  I felt like clapping, too!
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