Speechless – What Pegman Saw

I hope you brought your hiking boots because this week Pegman takes us to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States. The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and wonder of wonders you can actually hike into the canyon via streetview. There are also photo spheres across various locations.

The virtual hikes aren’t immediately obvious on google maps, but when you zoom in, you can hike Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail, Grandview Trail, or even visit the Phantom Ranch

Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by the location. Once your piece is polished, share it with others using the link up below. Reading and commenting on others’ work is part of the fun!

Thank you, Karen Rawson, for hosting this weekly challenge.  Glad I could participate this week.

Speechless

The trek to the top of Grandview Point was breathtaking — as in both were gasping for breath when they arrived.

They found a ledge for a bench and Paul immediately plopped down, elbows on knees, head in hands, trying to bring his heartbeat down to a reasonable rhythm.

“You’d be better off standing and walking slowly, Paul,” Nicole chastised, as she practiced what she preached, taking deep breaths, regaining control.

Oblivious to Paul’s struggles, she rhapsodized:  “Oh my gosh! Isn’t this just amazing?  The view!  It was so worth that workout, eh Paul?  C’m’ere!  Get up!  What the hell are you doing?”

Paul sat on his ledge, eyes unfocussed, mouth frozen.  Inside his head, his words were loud and clear: “I can’t speak! Help me, Nicole.  Look at me!”  All she could hear were guttural mutterings.

“Jesus!  Are you having a stroke?”  Trying not to panic, she looked around helplessly.

 

 

Our Little Secret – What Pegman Saw

This area is on my “To-Visit” list so I could not resist participating this week which got me digging into a little of the history of the region.

Pegman did not get enough of this lovely region of Europe, so this week Pegman heads a little further west to the Douro Valley of Portugal.

This week’s suggestion comes from the talented Lish over at Up From the Ashes. Be sure head over to her blog and enjoy not just this week’s story, but her excellent poetry and other entertaining stories.

Your mission on Pegman, as always, is to write up to 150 words inspired by the prompt. Feel free to use the image supplied above, or visit the Douro Valley yourself via Google maps and find your own street view or photo sphere for inspiration. Or better yet, visit it in person, and take the rest of us Peg-people with you!

Once your story/essay/poem is finished, share it with others using the link up below. Reading and commenting on others’ work is part of the fun!

 

 

Our Little Secret

“They don’t pay any taxes and they get our best wines.  This works for those desgraçados inglês¹ but how is it best for us, eh, João?”

“But we sell even more wines, Santiago.  It is good business!”

“Good Business? Bah!  They are not paying what it is worth.  Yes, we sell larger quantities but it’s still not right.  We can make more.  A lot more.”

“But how?  The Methuen Treaty signed between our governments has tied our hands.”

“What good are their textiles to me?  They cannot fix our roof or pay for more hands to work the vines.  I’m telling you, I have the solution.”

“O quê? Como²?”

“We will dilute our good wine with our cheaper one.  They won’t even be able to tell the difference and we will be able to increase our profits.”

“What if they find out?”

“Who’s going to tell? It’s our little secret.”

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¹English bastards

²Oh?  How?

The Route of the Cromlech – What Pegman Saw

This week Pegman goes to Goizueta, Navarre in Spain. You can use the photo included with this week’s prompt, our roam the region yourself and find your own inspiration. There is both street view and photo spheres at this week’s location.

Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by the prompt. Once your piece is polished, share it with others using the link up below.

Thank you to Karen and Josh for hosting this weekly chance to do research 😉 I always try to do some looking up so that I can discover something about the area.  Most times I succeed…

The Route of the Cromlechs

“We are definitely lost.”

“No, we are not.  This is the Route of the Cromlechs, I’m sure of it.”

“I’m tired of driving towards what seems like nowhere, so, how about we stop here at the Mutu Taberna for drinks and a light lunch? Maybe we can ask for directions as well?”

“If it will ease your worries, sure.  But seriously.  I KNOW where I’m going.  We are already in Goizueta, it’s not that far!

“Barkat, jauna¹?” he asked the waiter,

“Bai?²”

“Do you speak English?”

“Bai. What can I do for you?”

“Is this the road to the Route of the Cromlechs?”

“Bai.  Just continue straight for about five miles, then you will see the sign.

“Eskerrik asko³!

“See?  Told ya I knew where we were going!  Don’t you worry, Sweetie, you will see your prehistoric monuments.  We did not come all this way for you to miss them!”


¹Excuse me, Sir?

²Yes

³Thank you

And for the sake of the story… these are the Cromlechs

A Business Venture – What Pegman Saw

This week Pegman is on the continent of Africa, in Bamboi, Ghana. There is not a lot of streetview available in this area, but you are free to roam within the borders of Ghana for your inspiration.

Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by the prompt. Once your piece is polished, share it with others using the link up below.

I wasn’t quite sure I would participate this week as I could find nothing really about this place.  Wikipedia was utterly useless this time.  Hope you enjoy my little business venture.  Thank you, Karen, for hosting this party weekly.  Most times I end up learning about a place… 😉

I also did something I never do, which is read the other stories first.  Needed inspiration and to see if there were subjects to avoid (a good thing, too, as there were two stories that went along the lines I was considering.)

 

 

A Business Venture

“OK, don’t move, Kwaku! This will make a great picture!”

“You cut off part of my face, Adwenpa!”

“Yeah, but I got our tourist bus, which is really the most important part, no?”

“Sure, easy for you to say, you’re the biggest part of the photo!”

“Stop complaining! Let’s get our flyers made so we can start our business as tour guides of Ghana!”

“Do you really think you will be able to convince tourists to come to Bamboi? It is such a small and insignificant place in all the Bole District. We are but poor farmers.”

“Yes, we must try to get them to leave the luxury of the Ivory Coast and to come and experience the real Africa. We need to start somewhere.”

“And we can bring them to see the baobab trees to show them that “The Little Prince” was wrong. They are not evil and fearsome.”

 

A Timely Encounter – What Pegman Saw

It’s Labour Day here Canada and in the States. If you’re not familiar with it, Labour Day is a national holiday in which rich people go out of town for a three-day weekend and have poor people wait on them. 😉  I would be one of those poor people who is working tomorrow…

Appropriately, Pegman takes us to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Grand Hotel has been a favorite vacation destination of Americans since 1877. If you’d rather skip the hotel, you have the whole of Mackinac Island to wander.

Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by the prompt. Once your piece is polished, you can share it with others using the linkup below. Reading and commenting on others’ work is part of the fun!

Thanks to Karen and Josh for hosting this weekly prompt.  This week I looked up just enough info to be able to use it but didn’t want to go the whole historical route.

 

 

A Timely Encounter

We agree to meet at the base of the stairs leading to Fort Mackinac at 3:00.  I arrive early and pace nervously, looking up the stairs into the blue abyss, wishing it would swallow me whole, wondering if I have completely lost my mind in agreeing to come.

I finally force myself to sit on the bench and relax, taking deep breaths of sea air, closing my eyes, feeling my heart slow to a steady beat.

Restored, I open my eyes and watch a man slowly make his way towards me.  He looks as nervous as I.  Still tremulous, I slowly stand when he is within handshaking distance…

BOOM! 

We both jump out of our skins in fright, our hands going to our chests in the same manner. Helluva time for the cannonball fire.

“Jesus Christ!” we yell in unison.  Looking at each other, we burst into laughter.

“Elisa.”

“Dad.”

 

 

 

 

Forever – What Pegman Saw

This week Pegman is in Resolute, NU, Canada. Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by the location. Feel free to use the image supplied in the prompt or snag your own. Both streetview and photospheres are available in this location.

Once your piece is polished, you can share it with others using the linkup below. Reading and commenting on others’ stories is part of the fun.

Thank you to Karen and Josh for hosting this most interesting of challenges.  I really enjoy stretching myself…

Soooo… I cheated and totally did NOT go to Resolute.  But I went to Pangnirtung, NU – same Territory, just further east.  And I went there in memory of Joanne Nakashuk, a beautiful little girl from this region.  Born less than a month after Austin, her mother, Margaret, and I formed a bond as only mothers who live through something similar can.  No obligation, but if you want our little story, you can click here.

Forever

Why is the glow brightest and more colourful on either side of darkness?  Yellows to oranges to reds fill the sky with breathtaking beauty, oft-times leaving you holding your breath or sighing deeply.  Between both spectacles you have the blues that turn to indigo, to black — a beauty all it’s own, sprinkled with sparkling stars, yet, too often, unseen.

So then, why so bright?  Because, dear heart, when the moment comes and you find yourself in that dark place, and cannot see the twinkle of the stars through your tears, remember the light is coming.  The light that was my time here on earth.  The light I am now sharing with you from the other side.  And know this, I would never have been able to shine so brightly without the gift of your love.  I know, it wasn’t enough. But now we have this, forever, I shall be here.

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Joanne Nakashuk June 16, 1995 – March 24, 2008

A New School – What Pegman Saw

This week Pegman takes us to Pripyat, Ukraine. Those who want to mine the location’s history best don radioactive-protective gear.

Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by the prompt. Once your piece is polished, you can share it with others using the link up below. If you don’t have a blog to link to, feel free to post your story/essay/poem in the comments below.

The Pegman weekly writing prompt is open to all writers. If you haven’t already, it’s a great week to try this challenge! If you haven’t done it in awhile, it’s a great week to come back 🙂

If you’d like to suggest a location to Pegman, Karen would love to hear from you.

Thank you to Karen and Josh for hosting this weekly party.  Not always an easy location!

A New School

Dear Evgeniy,

We are so very pleased you have accepted the position of teacher at our soon-to-be-re-opened school in our Community IV Section, here in Pryp’yat.  We require strong, young men such as you to lead our children into the world of tomorrow.

As mentioned, we will be needing you to arrive at least three weeks early, four, if you can, to help us get the classes ready.  There is much work to be done! 

Yours sincerely,

Vadym Ponomarenko,

Director

 

Arriving at the school, he was greeted by the director.  “Evgeniy!  I’m so glad you could come so early!  Let me bring you around to meet your new colleagues!”

He followed the director through the corridors, trying not to trip over the detritus that covered the floor.

“This looks like a war zone, Sir.  I thought this area had been cleared?”

“Oh, yes, it has been cleared.  Just not cleaned.”