What does he connect most with?
A 14-year-old boy, named Rick Walker is no ordinary teenager. Rick has had lots of trouble growing up, his parents abandoned him when he was young and his grandma raised him until she died. Rick Walker then grew up in-group and foster homes. Rick Walker was a juvenile delinquent and got into problems with the law. Now Rick Walker has realized who he is as a person and has focused on what he likes to do like reading’ working out, and watching wildlife. Rick Walker has many great qualities like being adventurous, he can be patient, and he is very caring about others. The biggest quality that stands out when you get to know Rick Walker is his bravery. Rick walker's bravery stands out in many ways like when he escaped from Blue Canyon Youth Detention Center, got over his fear of flying, and risking his life to save a man by the name of Lon Peregrino who he only knew for a short amount of time. An example of his bravery is, "He'd snagged his cheek on the wire, but he was over. That was the main thing"(23). That quote really shows that Rick's bravery will overcome anything that is in his way no matter how dangerous it is along with his wisdom and strength.
When Rick escaped from the detention center he ran off and eventually ran into Lon Peregrino in the Canyonlands. They had a very important role in Rick's life by helping him realize that his problems were nothing compared to the unsolved things of the world. Rick has grown to love the Canyonlands, Rick would take every chance that he had to go walk, explore, and take in the most breath taking views of the Canyonlands. Rick explored the Canyonlands in many different ways like from the air on a hang glider, looking over the side of the Canyon, and from the inside of the Canyons. Rick was very connected to the Canyonlands because he felt as if he was starting over with a clean sate and his problems were gone for good. He also was connected to the Canyonlands because it holds the Maze which a region of twist and turns, flatland and deep drops, the maze is very hard to get out of just like Ricks pile of problems. The quote, "A maze was nothing new to him. He'd been trapped in one for a long, long time"(59), means that Rick saw his life as a maze and thought that mazes were something that stood in his way of being free. The maze helped Rick see that there may be dead ends along the way you should never give up because somehow somewhere you can find a pathway to freedom.