Extreme Camping By: Brittany Bridges There once were two girls named Alex and Jaylee. Jaylee is sixteen and she baby sits for extra money. Alex is seven and loves shopping. Jaylee is going to take Alex on a fabulous camping trip. As soon as they get there, they go in the camper and put down their keys. They step outside and the door shut and locked behind them. Directly after a snow, hail and rain storm happens. Right there was officially the most terrifying storm yet!! The wind whipped rapidly across Jaylee and Alex’s faces. Jaylee stammered, “I am sorry we got stuck in this conquering storm, Alex.” Alex didn’t answer. The girls start running to find a mighty shelter but on their way the storm gets worse. The wind whips harder and the hail, snow and rain come down harder. The snow and hail is like an attacking grizzly bear that is never going to stop. Now the rain was starting to clear up, but the Wind picks up again, gaining enough strength to almost blow Alex away. During this time Alex would not stop shouting and crying. She sobbed and screamed. Jaylee finally found a shelter for them. Jaylee whispered, “Alex come in here; it should block us from the wind.” They had trouble falling asleep because it was so cold and they were worried someone or something could have been in the cave too!! Since they were so exhausted the girls eventually drifted off to sleep. Jaylee woke up the next morning she was hungry. So she woke up Alex and they went to look for food. Alex had been wiping snow of the bushes to see if they had fruit or berries on them but sadly she struck out. She kept walking. Alex announced, “Jaylee, I smell pickles. I think there is some around here.” Jaylee answered, “Are you crazy? I don’t smell pickles?” “Must just be the snow,” Alex moped. Jaylee and Alex continued on walking. A while after they found a raspberry bush so they stopped to pick some. Just as they had picked lots of raspberries, they looked up and spotted a bear!!! Jaylee darted one way Alex sprinted a different way. Dashing through the thick forest trees Jaylee and Alex met back up at the lake and thought they lost the bear. Unexpectedly through the bushes comes that humongous, hideous and smelly bear. Once again he pursued after the girls. Jaylee found the shelter she yelled, “Alex over here I found the shelter.” They dove in just in time. The girls were safe but not too safe. Alex cried, “When can we go home? I miss my mom.” Jaylee replies, “I don’t know when we will get back, but we will get back.” Jaylee showed Alex how to make a fire with some old girl scout lessons that she learnt. They got the fire to work and it made them warm. They sat around the fire and Alex started to get tired so Jaylee found somewhere for her to sleep. Jaylee whispered in her ear, “I will do all I can to keep you safe.” Both girls felt safe finally. Jaylee remembered a poem that her mom used to read to her. She started to say the poem and before it was done Alex was fast asleep. Later Jaylee was ready for bed now she had trouble getting to sleep so she just kept reciting the poem in her head until she was fast asleep. Jaylee and Alex slowly woke the next morning. “Today we are going to have a better day.” Jaylee told Alex. The snow had melted a bit over night and the sun was out. They decided to go hiking. Jaylee asked, “Where do you want to go hiking Alex?” Alex didn’t know and Jaylee didn’t either. It took them so long to decide that it started to get dark outside. So they just went down to the lake and watched the sun go down. “It’s beautiful” Alex exclaimed. “Yeah it sure is” Jaylee replied The girls headed back up to where their shelter was. On their way they spotted a porcupine!! They thought he was going to be friendly so they went a little closer and next thing you know his spikes stick up!! The girls run for their lives they didn’t get hurt but they were darn close. Jaylee and Alex kept on moving they got back to their shelter and started to dose off as they were sitting by the fire. Finally in the quiet still night they fell fast asleep. Early the next morning they went searching for food but they didn’t go near the berries they went to the lake. Jaylee and Alex found some old string and two hooks and tied the hook to the string and the string to a piece of wood. Jaylee caught a fish that was a fair size for her. Alex caught the perfect size for her!! They cooked the fish up over the fire it was a little difficult with the first fish. They burnt that one and sadly it was Alex’s fish. Next both of them tried really hard on Jaylee’s and hers turned out really great. The girls had the same thing for lunch and supper getting real food in them tasted well. They continued on with their day they went hiking in the bushes, sightseeing down by the lake, swimming and they even tried to play horse shoes with sticks and their shoes. It was starting to get late so they decided to get ready for bed and they got in to their spots and went to sleep with no doubt in their minds. The next day they again went hiking but this time they went a bit farther than they did last time. They ended up heading back to Detroit where they came from. They just walked to the outskirts of Detroit!! Jaylee shrieked “were in Detroit. We are back home!” Alex hugged Jaylee. They started to venture home and they were so excited to see Alex’s parents and Jaylee’s grandma they ended up running home. They got there and both Jaylee’s grandma and Alex’s parents were at Jaylee’s house. Jaylee and Alex hugged their parents and grandma and were glad they were safe back at home!!