A Cat’s Adventure in the Desert

Trigg Skoe


By Cole McCullough


I woke up and looked out the window to see nothing but red rocks and sand everywhere. I strolled up to the front seat to inquire where we were going and dad said we were headed to some creek in Utah for a whole freaking WEEK! Now, I had a lot of cat stuff to do back home and the thought of being gone for that long and getting really behind did not sit well with me. Uncle B assured me though that I would have fun and it would be good for me to get out of the house for a little bit. We arrived at camp some time later and uncle B strapped my harness on to let me walk around and use the potty. This place was CRAZY! It was like a big kitty box with red sand! All the rocks in our camp resembled giant hamburgers and you could climb all over them. I quickly forgot about everything back home and started to enjoy this funky place.

        Over the next couple of days we trekked around a ton of different areas where dad and his friends were climbing on huge walls. It didn’t really look too fun to just stick my paws in the cracks so one day I decided to go explore. Dad let me go off and explore as long as I promised to not go too far. There were so many cool rocks to climb on and caves to explore. At one point, I looked around and realized I didn’t see anyone around me. I was completely alone in this weird place. It started to get later in the day and sun was going down, but I couldn’t find my way back to my dad or Uncle B. Soon it got really dark, and I started to get scared and confused why nobody came looking for me. After I walked around in the dark for a while I decided to find a little cave to hide in and stay out of the cold. I wasn’t having much fun anymore, and I just wanted to go home.

I didn’t get any sleep that night. As soon as the sun came up, I found a nice rock to warm up on and worked on figuring out a game plan. It took me most of morning but eventually I found my way back to the place where I last saw everyone. As I got closer, I realized that I didn’t know anyone there. I walked over to this lady to try and explain my problem and see if she knew where my dad was. For some reason, she seemed confused about why I was out there and where I came from. She was cool though and let me hang out all day with her and her friends. They gave me a bunch of snacks too, which was definitely a bonus. Then towards the end of the day they scooped me up and took me to their car and gave me a ride. At this point I was getting nervous about finding my dad. They didn’t understand cat very fluently so I was having trouble explaining the gravity of the situation I was in. I decided to just enjoy the ride because anything was better than another night alone out there. We made a bunch of different stops and the lady talked to a bunch of different people each time to tell them about me. At one stop she took me out of the car and there were a bunch of shadowy figures approaching us, I was a little scared at first but then quickly realized who it was. It was my dad and Uncle B! I guess this amazing lady was driving all around the desert trying to find my humans. They hugged me really hard and gave me a bunch of kisses. It felt so good to be back with my family again and sleep in my soft little cat bed. I learned my lesson though! I’m not going to ever wander away too far from my dad again.