1. creepy-crawlies (page 54): This word is loaded because whenever I hear it or read it, it sends a kind of jitters down my spine. The author uses it because it is a creative and very connotated way to talk out bugs and spiders and what not.
erode (pg 58): This word is loaded because it makes me think of a cruel, well, almost explosion or burning. The author uses it to better describe the how he is trying to break down the chalkstone (unfortunately it's not working).
daze (pg 64): This is loaded because it somewhat calms me down or makes me feel tired. The author uses it to speak of a sleep that he begins to enter as a cool breeze hits his body.
chill (page 65): This is loaded because it makes me think of a deep cooling or freezing. The author uses this to better describe how cold the night air is in the canyon.
dexterity (page 67): This is loaded because it is mysterious-sounding, yet intelligent as well. The author uses this because it is complex and adds depth to his writing.
obliterated (page 75): This is loaded because it creates a greater image of something being destroyed. The author uses it to really emphaseize how, in this case, the wind was so powerful that it can destroy his footprints in seconds.
burros (pg 77): This is loaded because it makes me think of a deep hole. The author uses it because it is a good alternative word to use instead of using the boring term, hole.
flamboyant (pg 77): This is loaded, to me, because I believe that this is a very funny word and I use it a lot. The author uses it to spice up his writing and keep it from being dull.
binge (pg 85): This is loaded because it reminds of a bad diet. The author uses it to show that he did a lot of skiing that vacation.
bushwhacking (pg 91): This is loaded, to me, because my family calls packer fans "Bushwhacking cheese heads," and I have always found the word to be funny. The author uses it really described the torture he went through the previous night.
2. Aron endures his first night being with his arm wedged between the rock and the wall. He is still trying to break the chalkstone with his knife, but is still unsuccesful. He calculates in his head that it's going to take at least 150 hours to break the rock enough to get his arm out, so he gives up on that idea. While he is stuck, he thinks about the first time he visited Utah and all the people he met and all the things he did. Aron then came to day two, and he was feeling an increase of energy from the light in the canyon (that same boost from when he hiked through the night). He also is able to slide a piece of webbing onto a horn that would make it easier to move the boulder. After many unsuccesful attempts, he finally is able to slip the webbing into a fissure to the right of the horn. Unfortunately, the system was too weak compared to the immense strength of the boulder. Aron is beginning to become doubtful about his survival.
3. I'm just going to start out by saying: I am happy to not have to go through what Aron is going through. Even with his amazing wit, he is still unable to free himself of the boulder.