Brine Waves


How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Short Stories About a Long Bike Ride

Photo by Parker Feierbach

By Brooke Larsen


7273 B.R.

I am five and my dad runs behind me as I rapidly pedal a hot pink bike that’s too big for me. We loop the Grant Village Campground in Yellowstone National Park. Towering lodgepole pines surround us and the bitter cold Yellowstone Lake glitters through campfire smoke as the sun sets. Normally my training wheels stabilize me, but today we take them off.

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A Catalog of Gross Animals

By Kate Savage. Compiled on a summertime road trip with Mutt, with thanks to Wikipedia for filling in the gaps.


  1. Tapinoma sessile

Before we leave we buy a home. We mumble the news, we feel some shame. Inherited wealth; stolen land. But still: I harvest garlic, and I am happy.

Our tenants are Lauren, Easton, and one million sugar ants.

If you Google ‘sugar ant,’ this is what the internet algorithms will give you:

How to Get Rid of Sugar Ants in the House | Terminix

Best Ways to Get Rid of Sugar Ants – GETRIDOFTHiNGS.COM

Get Rid of Sugar Ants in 3 Steps

Three pages of this, and probably more. Human curiosity about this ant has one focus: Getting Rid.

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