THE GREAT ADVENTURE: PART III
a memory script to be posted in series
by jenni lynn and lisa jean
SYNOPSIS: ACT I
Scene 3: Second Day, Evening
THE WEATHERED RANGER begins by listing some of his more humorous moments over a lifetime of ranger-hood.
WOMAN: pointing at the North Rim, twelve miles away “Is that Canada?”
MAN: unable to read maps “Where am I? Is that at Bryce or Zion?”
FAMILY: “Where would it be fun to hike?”
RANGER : Hiking is not fun, hiking is Pain. A hike is like a bad marriage: it is better when it is over.
Then, he begins to tell us all about his favorite birds, female NEVERMORE and male RONALD RAVEN. In his stories, the birds are smart: they lift dumpster lids, steal food from campers and train rangers to open sardine tins. They date for up to seven years, mate in mid air, and remain together for life.
The talk does not lessen MIKEY’S hatred for the birds, but LISA and JENNI agree they much enjoyed it. Back at camp, the temperature is dropping, and the THREE, head straight to bed-wearing ALL of their clothes.
Scene 4: Third Day
3 am—JENNI wakes up to the sound of rain hitting the tent, begins to worry about coats and shoes being left outside of tent, and leans over LISA (waking her up) to rescue MIKEY’s shoes from certain sogginess.
5:30 am—JENNI wakes up again to ask MIKEY if he wants to go try to see sunrise, even though it is raining. MIKEY assures her there will be nothing to see and sleeping resumes.
8:30 am—This time, when the THREE all wake up, they realize that the tent and campsite are covered in 3” of snow. This makes breakfast and striking camp a frosty cold experience.
10 am—In order to warm frozen fingers, the THREE take a long hobbitish second breakfast at the café in Grand Canyon Village.
11 am—It is still pouring down snow. The THREE arrive at the Rim, only to find that the Nothing has taken the canyon away.
To be continued…