Summer's Diary of the #HARPG-Outlaw-Trail
Some time ago I found out that I'm allowed to post thumbnails in journals - so I had to do this, like many others do, too. Day 1 - The Arrival
"We safely arrived at AVVRA this morning. It was a long and exhausting flight over the "great pond", at some point Blue didn't want to stay in her transport box any longer. She neighed all the time and kicked the walls... I had to stay with her for a long time to calm her. Rahel and the others finished the costume some days ago. I'm so happy about it, it fits perfectly to the old and western atmosphere here, I think. This skirt is so long and unhandy, but I'm looking like a real lady, which is cool. Can't wait to wear it in real action. [...]Day 2 - Preparation Day - Portrait Picture
"Today they made photos of us, as a registration form for the trail. It was awesome, they used an old camera for them and now the pictures look like really old and western photos. Blue and me, we're looking like beautiful ladies. When we'll come home, I'll frame it and put it over my bed.
I already met some really nice people when we all waited for our turn at the photographer. I don't know whether I'll be a lawman or an outlaw, but I don't even know what I would prefer... "Day 3 - The first day of the trail
"The trail started today. It's the most exciting thing I ever did in my whole life, seriously. More than 50 people are on our trail to find the murderer. Most of them are rude, excentric and kinda dirty cowboys, you can't make a step without having one of them behind you, staring on your butt or something...else. But in the evening, when everybody is sitting around the campfire, some are playing the guitar, some are singing... a great atmosphere! [...]
"I also met a really nice guy today, Lieutenant Kent. He's a real gentleman, thehee. But when he talked to me, I acted like a fool. I could not even complete a full sentence! He seemed like he didn't notice it, though. hm...yeah. I think, he's already really popular within the female company..."
"I'm so glad that I found Jana. She is a funny, very nice person, I'm so glad that we ride together. In the early evening we cleaned our saddles, Rocky and Blue were grazing somewhere behind us, but we hobbled them so they couldn't run away. A really useful invention, those hobbles. However, this saddle-cleaning-action ended in an sponge battle..."
"Blue already seems to love the trail, she shows a great stamina and strength and she doesn't bitch around this much. With all this western tack, with this landscape around her... she looks like she would belong here. I don't know if she already found some equine friends, but she loves the campfire and stays very close to me while I sit here. I think she likes the warmth of the fire on her coat. It is quite cold when it gets dark out here on the plains..."
"In the evening it got a little colder, so we all gathered around some campfires. I joined some guys I already met and soon many others joined, too. It was a really nice evening, not really quiet but very relaxing after an exhausting day."Day 4 - Action!
"This excitement - so early in the morning!"
"The Outlaws were gone! Yeah, not really gone, but... for some time we thought we had lost their trace. Deputy Paine said that he would know where they are heading to, but I think that the sheriff didn't trust him that much... he let us search for traces of the Outlaws. I found a carelessly discarded cigarette box, and no one of the Lawmen said that it belong to them, so I felt a little bit proud then. Yeah - seems like the Outlaws have to watch out, the Lawmen are coming!"
"We were there - face to face with them. I'm sure that we would have captured them all, if not... yeah, somebody blew up the entrance to the canyon, so we were seperated from the Outlaws. But the explosion! I have to admit - or some minutes I was in fear for my life. Horses startled and bolted, some riders fell down, the horses running away headless... I just hoped that it would stop soon. I mean - how dangerous that was! Blue was amazing. Yes, she was scared and winced, but she didn't run away. As she knew what was at stake... wow. just wow."Day 5 - The circus
"It's getting hotter and hotter with each day. The landscape has become quite monotonous, with nothing but red dust and sparse vegetation. There are faaar to less rocks which spend some shadow, and because we're in a hurry the Sheriff soesn't want to stop that much. But it's so exhausting... I hope we'll find the Outlaws soon. Even Blue doesn't want to walk any longer..."
"What was this? A person on top of the rocks, or just a mirage? I have to admit, we all thought it would be unreal. But it was a girl, really! She looked like some kind of circus forgot her in the middle of the desert or something like this. And she spoke - hold your hat - in poems. That was quite scary. Let's see whereto she'll lead us."
"A circus like this, so far away in the wasteland? It wasn't the only time that I marvelled... It exposed that they all needed our help - the Dubois' Great Traveling Museum, as they call it, owns more than 100 white arabians, but they all ran away. And we cowboys and cowgirls should help to find and catch their Earthbound Pegasuses. Or Pegasi? Nevermind, I'm no cowgirl at all, and how on earth should I catch a free horse? An arabian as well!" [...]
"It... didn't work out very well, I *cough* fell down *cough* ... but with a sudden coincidence, the Lieutenant was around. Now, that I think about it, I was not very nice to him (and that's putting it mildly.) Don't really know what to say now, it seems that I always say the wrong things... But I have my smart horse to remind me when I act stupid (:
So curious what will happen tomorrow!"
"This evening Blue escaped from her corral - man, I was afraid that I would never see her again! But thankfully Kent brought her back. Stupid horse! But because of her... we had the opportunity to apologize to each other..."Day 6 - Hunting down bandits
"Well, well. This morning's sweet coffee ended in pure excitement. Some bandits were ambushing our camp, they said. We followed them for a long long time, but it seemed to me that they just were leading us around by the nose. We didn't really understand the sense of this action, but we played a little trick on the Sheriff to make him think that we're totally on his side."
"Finally we had them - and thus, the confrontation started. Thank goodness I knew how to handle a gun, had asked some other men in the
beginning of the trail, but... yeah, I hadn't any experience at all, so I didn't expect me to hit anything. When I found Jana, I sat up and waved her to come - but that was my biggest mistake on that day..." [...]Day 7 - Catchin' Cattle
"Another morning's coffee ending in excitement... But really, this was very shocking, to see Charger trotting into the camp, with a wounded Kent hanging heavily on his back. Is it necessary to say that I sat there, unable to move, to say something...? But we did break up very soon and I had to get my horse ready. I decided to visit him later in the day..."
Later we found a completely destroyed wagon trail with some free cattle running around. And our task should be to catch every single extant cow, just like the runaway circus horses. No, it wasn't exactly like catching arabians - after my 3rd attempt to draw near to one of the cows it exposed to be much more difficult than capturing a horse... Cows are like rabbits, really! [...]"Day 8 - Into the Mud!
"Okaay, where to start... This day was the most exciting, dramatic, funny AND disgusting day I ever had. It all started when we arrived at the very muddy Johnson City, all lining up and waiting for the Outlaws to
arrive. They needed a special welcome, I think, so we all hided and waited..."
"And I fell - again. [...] Something worse than mud awaited me on the floor. It was disgusting, but in a very funny way, seeing others running around, looking even worse than me! I just managed to get on my feet then, when naturally someone bumped into me and dragged me to the ground."
"Well, I'm afraid the trail is already drawing to an end... After we all were more or less clean again, it was time for a little End-of-Trail party, to say goodbye and stuff like that. Jana and me listened to the stories Saki told, a girl from the Outlaws (but we didn't care for the two sides anymore) and then we told her a funny version of what happened to us, too. It was a nice evening, until I saw someone..." Day 9 - Goodbye to the West
I guess it's over now... Today we really had to say goodbye, and leave AVRRA with one laughing and one crying eye. The incredible landscape and the freedom aren't the only things I'll surely miss. Blue as well. Could you say we two ladies lost a heart to the West?"
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