We pushed forward with our canoes to the left. My muscles were getting sore. But we were so close, the water splashed. The cool water was all over me, but it was refreshing.

I was almost there, I could see it. I reached out to grab the leaf. It was a bit scary. The boat rocked to the right, back and forth like a rocking chair. I closed my hand and pulled the leaf. It finally came off.

I was very pleased, but as my hand went back into the boat, water splashed into my eye and it was salty and it burned like fire. My hand was loose and the leaf plopped into the water. We started going back, paddling to the right, pushing hard. I was devastated.

“Wait!” I called to my captain in the back.

I blinked my eye to get the water out, then I reached out again, slower this time, and got a leaf into my hand. I lowered it into the boat and put it in the bottom where it was a bit wet, but still fine. I finally picked the leaf, then we started rowing on the right side to leave.

AUTHOR
Kai W.
6th Grade

Simmons Camp
Journal

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