River was really affected by Bear Butte, and asked questions like "How old do I have to be to go on a vision quest?"
River has been a lot of fun on this trip so far. It's hard at times to appear constantly fascinated by his chatter, but we're getting along very well. He loves the Black Hills and hopes we'll move there. When he enters a souvenir rock, gem, mineral, and fossil store, his whole body reacts with a sudden spasm of overwhelm: his limbs twitch and he shudders like someone walking into a force field wall as the deepest loves of his soul bubble up all at once: shiny treasures!
Just moments ago River bounced on the bed behind me and said, "You know, this motel is better than I first realized. I didn't expect them to have a TV, even if it has no channels. I didn't expect it to have a lamp like that one. I didn't expect it to make me feel comfortable. It's better than I first thought."