short story

First Flight

Photo by Nicolas Peyrol on Unsplash

It was spring break. I had gone to stay with Jeff, my roommate, at his family’s 800-acre ranch in the Sierra foothills. We had been talking about this trip since the beginning of the fall semester, and both of us had been looking forward to it.

Jeff had told me that they had horses on the ranch and that there was plenty of rugged territory in the foothills we could explore on horseback. He also…

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Rusty Alderson

Rusty Alderson

Retired technologist — eschewing cubicles; observer extraordinaire; perpetual student; philosopher; poet; essayist; advocate for nature and wilderness.