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Walk Two Moons:Sal's Journey
Transcript of Walk Two Moons:Sal's Journey
"I have lived most of my thirteen years in Bybanks, Kentucky, which is not much more than a caboodle of houses roosting in a green spot alongside the Ohio River." (Creech, 1)
"The houses were all jammed together like a row of birdhouses. In front of each house was a tiny square of grass, and in front of that was a thin gray sidewalk running along a gray road." (Creech, 1)
"...we pulled onto the Ohio Turnpike, which is the flattest, straightest piece of road in God's whole creation..." (Creech, 4)
South Bend, Indiana
"Just then, the road curved (it actually curved), and off to the right was a huge jing-bang mass of water...and that water just went on and on - it was all you could see. It looked like a huge pasture of water." (Creech, 20)
"We stopped that night on the outskirts of Chicago. I looked around at what I could see of Ill-ah-no-way from the Howard Johnson Motel..." (Creech, 20)
"...it might as well have been seven thousand miles from the lake. It all looked precisely like Northern Ohio to me..." (Creech, 20)
"The city of Madison sprawls between two lakes, Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, and dribbling out of these are other piddly lakes." (Creech, 30)
"We went into Ella's Kosher Deli and Ice Cream Parlor and ate pastrami sandwiches and kosher dill pickles, followed by raspberry ice cream." (Creech, 31)
"The Indians had formed two circles, one inside the other, and were hopping up and down. The men danced in the outer circle and wore feather headdresses and short leather aprons." (Creech, 32)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
While driving through Sioux Falls, it gets so hot that Gramps takes off his shirt.
Mitchell, South Dakota
"Passing Mitchell, Gram unbuttoned her dress down to her waist." (Creech, 50)
Chamberlain, South Dakota
"Just beyond Chamberlain, Gramps took a detour to the Missouri River...It was quiet and hot, hot, hot. All you could hear was a crow calling somewhere up river and the distant sound of cars along the highway." (Creech, 50)
The Badlands, South Dakota
"It was as if someone had ironed out all the rest of South Dakota and smooshed all the hills and valleys and rocks into this spot." (Creech, 79)
"Above was the high blue sky and below were the pink and purple and black rocks." (Creech, 79)
"You can stand right on the edge of the gorges and see down, down into the most treacherous ravines, lined with sharp outcroppings. You expect to see human skeletons dangling here and there." (Creech, 79)
Wall, South Dakota
Wall Drug is Wall, South Dakota. With the possible exception of the grain elevators, everything else on Wall's Main Street is there, because of the "drug" store. If a business isn't part of the Wall Drug complex, it's some sort of souvenir shop designed to get a hold of your money, before Wall Drug does.
Wall Drug takes up most of two city blocks. The main road in front of the complex is extra-wide, to allow for a third row of parking spaces in the middle of the street.
"That night we stayed at a motel in Wall, South Dakota." (Creech, 84)
Black Hills, South Dakota
"The Black Hills were not really black. Pines covered the hills, and maybe at dusk they looked black, but when we saw them at midday, they were dark green." (Creech, 99)
"We drove through the Black Hills to Mt. Rushmore. At first we didn't think we were in the right place, but then, jing-bang, it was right before us." (Creech, 99)
"It was late when we arrived at Yellowstone. All we got
to see that evening was a a hot spring." (Creech, 113)
"...we stayed at the Old Faithful Inn in a Frontier Cabin."
"...it didn't look like much at first. There was a rope fence around a mound on the side of the hill. The ground was scrabbly dirt, and in the center of the rope enclosure, about twenty feet away, was a hole." (Creech, 123)
"More steam, boiling and hissing, and a huge jing-bang spray of water surged out, climbing and climbing, and then more and more, until it looked like a whole river of water was shooting straight up into the air." (Creech, 124)
Rocky Mountain Foothills, Montana
"We started in the foothills of the Rockies...and all day we climbed up and down." (Creech, 125)
Rocky Mountains, Montana
"Sometimes the road snaked along the side of a cliff, and the only thing between us and the sharp drop was a piddly railing." (Creech, 125)
"I had to admit that it was as pretty as-maybe even prettier than-Bybanks. Trees and rocks and mountains. Rivers and flowers...It was an amazing country, and enormous country." (Creech, 125)
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
The city is named after the Coeur d'Alene People, a tribe of Native Americans who lived along the rivers and lakes of the region when discovered by French Canadian fur traders in the late 18th and early 19th century. The name Coeur d'Alene translated into English means Heart of an Awl.
Coeur d'Alene is the largest city in the northern Idaho Panhandle. The city is located on the north shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene, 25-mile (40 km) in length. Locally, Coeur d'Alene is known as the "Lake City," or simply called by its initials: "CDA".
The city of Coeur d'Alene has grown significantly in recent years, in part because of a substantial increase in tourism, encouraged by several resorts in the area. Barbara Walters called the city "a little slice of Heaven" and included it in her list of most fascinating places to visit.
On November 28, 2007, Good Morning America broadcast the city's Christmas lighting ceremony because its display is among the largest in the United States. Coeur d'Alene is also located near two major ski resorts, with Silver Mountain Resort to the east in Kellogg, and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort to the north in Sandpoint.
"It took four hours to drive the hundred miles from Coeur d'Alene to the top of Lewiston Hill...In the valley far below was Lewiston, with the Snake River winding through it." (Creech, 144)