Thursday, September 9, 2010

Day Six of the Journey--Caimans

You're doing a great job 
paddling in your canoes.

Have I warned you not to trust a floating log?

Well, if I haven't, I am now.

A floating log could very well turn out to be...

a caiman.

What are caimans?

In The Stone Traveler when Tag 
was told to watch out for sleeping logs 
that they could be caimans, 
he thought the natives were teasing him, 
like the scouts do with rookies 
when they send them out snipe hunting. 
After the rookie searches and searches 
it finally dawns on him 
that he's been duped 
and there's no such critter as a snipe.

Unfortunately for Tag, 
he learned the hard way 
that caimans were real 
when he was almost eaten by one. 
We call caimans crocodiles.

Speaking of floating logs.

Look out! 

An entire herd is floating our way!
We best stop here, rest for a spell,
and let the caimans float downstream a ways. 

But be careful. 

A caiman on land is still very dangerous.


  1. Yikes! Crocodiles are scary creatures. Considering they lived during the time of the dinosaurs... I definitely don't want to be near an animal that survives incredible extinction events!

  2. I was sent snipe hunting by some older scouts. Twenty years later, I finally saw a snipe. They're birds that are notoriously hard to catch, but we have them in wetland areas of Utah. They make a laughing sound by diving so fast their feathers vibrate. I heard that sound around my house for years before I found out what it was and knew to look up in the sky when I heard it. It was a nice resolution to an old practical joke.

    I might take my own scouts "hunting" someday. If they can go snipe hunting and actually succeed, is there anything they can't do?

  3. Laura,
    I'm with you. I give crocodiles a wide berth.

  4. Ben,
    Okay now, are you just spinning a wonderful tale? I don't know if I trust a fiction writer who has a vivid imagination. Hmm...

    I did think of you today. You'll have to let me know if you like the prize I'm sending you. :)

  5. C'mon, what's not to trust? Invisible birds that make a laughing sound with their feathers? Okay, it does sound a little farfetched, but it's true!

    And I will certainly do both—like it and let you know. ;)

  6. Crocodiles scare me! I'll be sure to watch out for floating logs! =)

  7. Carolyn,
    It's always a good idea to look out for floating logs. :)

  8. I checked back to see how to spell Caiman and see I must have fallen off a log! My comment got eaten.

    Well I found a safer one and am Dirty Dancing on it.

    ♪I've haaad the tiiiime of my li...♫

    OK, I'm going...

  9. Ali,
    Ah, thanks! (major blushing) I'm happy you're on the journey with us. :)

  10. Glynis,
    I checked how to spell it several times as well. Even cleaned my glasses several times.

    I love your dance. And I like your graceful leap. You need to give lessons. ;)



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