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When you have to go

“It just goes onto the rocks underneath,” Brenna tells me, a bit mortified, as she emerges from the odd outhouse atop the mountain.

 

She is still nervous about the ride down so I make up a silly song as we begin bumping over rocks. “Bump-duddy-bump, we go around the rocks.”

 

I know she has (suffers from?) my analytical bent so I also explain as I navigate. “I’m always looking up ahead to decide which is the smoothest way. It’s like a game. It’s fun.”

 

“Keep singing,” she insists after I think she’s had enough. Soon she’s chattering, half singing along with the mild euphoria that follows a release of anxiety.

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Taken on July 21, 2018