My First Day at Santa Fe, a Narrative by Tanner Griffin

My first day at Santa Fe, a Narrative by Tanner Griffin

I could not wait! We were going fishing where we had not gone fishing before. We were on our way to Santa Fe. When we got there, I was afraid the truck would fall in the water when we backed the boat in, but it didn’t. Inside my uncle’s truck, on the drive to the lake, my cousin Ty and I made up a chapter book. We decided to make a series of it – The Magic Fish Series. I think we will really write it down one day.

After we got on the boat, we went very slowly across the river – Ty, me, and our dads. We got to a place in the river that had two choices, and we went left. After 3 spots of trying to find fish, I finally felt my line tug…Dad told me, “You’ve got a fish!” and I started reeling super fast…and I caught a gar! In the same exact place, Ty and his dad, Chad’s lines tugged. We didn’t exactly get to see what kind of fish theirs was because it got away too fast. My gar smelled like water, even though I thought it would be more stinky.

When we were done catching fish in that area, Chad drove the boat really fast. The wind was loud against our ears. We went fishing in one more spot. NNNNNO FISH. So, we needed to throw the bait back. I reached in the bucket, picked up some minnows, and threw them back in the water. They felt so floppy in my hand. Then we went looking for the exit. The dads forgot where we entered the lake. The places we checked were great fishing spots. “We should have saved the bait for these places,” I said. Then I remembered a sign that we passed on the way in. “There’s the exit.” I said. “Thanks.” said Dad and Chad at the same time.

On the drive home, Ty and I made up more of the Magic Fish books. Then we went to Ty’s house. We played “Adventure Sent by Mr. Tree”. It’s a game I made up. Mr. Tree is a tree that has a face on it in Ty’s yard. First in the adventure, we did all the things on the playground. Then we swung to different places on the swing. First the big swing, then the basketball court, and finally we had a message from Morgan to go help Jack and Annie (Magic Tree House characters). Then Mr. Tree finally presented us as knights. Since Cooper (Ty’s little brother) helped, he got to train with us, but Mr. Tree was his main trainer.

After we played that, we played “Block the Punt.” It’s a game Ty made up. We used a football and pretended to block punts. It was the best “football game” Ty and I ever played.

Then we came inside to eat pizza. It was delicious. But then Rachel, Ty’s mom, said we could only play with the football outside. So we went back outside and played “Block the Punt” again. Then, when we were shooting baskets, Dad said it was time to leave.

When we got home, Tory (my sister) and Mom (my mom) told us all about their Girls Day. Then I took a shower and went to bed. I had dreams about catching tuna, gar and grouper, and I dreamt about doing my Magic Fish Series. Then I woke up. I wasn’t ready to go to bed yet. So mom said I could write the planner for this story, which I did, then read the rest of my Boxcar children book and finally went to sleep.

It was a great day for the stuff we did.

The End.


  1. I am glad you had fun fishing. We will definitely do it again soon. You are a natural born fisherman – you even caught more fish than me! Great story dude. I love you.
    See you soon.

  2. Diane (YaYa) Herring January 9, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Tanner, it sounds like you had the most awesome day with your Dad, Uncle Chad and Ty. I am so happy you had fun and caught a fish. You are such a great story teller. I hope you and Ty do write your stories. Keep on writing! Love you my sweet buddy! YaYa!

  3. That is so awesome you caught a fish! Sounds like you had a fun & adventurous day.


  4. Gina Griffin (Grandma) January 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Sounds like you guys had a fun time fishing on Lake Santa Fe! I love your description of how it felt to catch a fish and when you put the bait back in the water! Can’t wait to hear more about your “Magic Fish” books, that sounds like an exciting adventure series that everyone would enjoy reading. God bless you, Tanner, I love you so much! Grandma

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