We stopped for a totally-not-staged couple of photos on the top of nearby tall sand dune to mark the big day.
|We are majestic! Squares is a unicorn! My feet look silly poking out on either side of his neck! At least I think those are my feet.|
|The territory ahead. The tall pillar at the far left is a natural formation, believe it or not. I think those things from the previous picture must be my feet because there's definitely nothing in the stirrups.|
|No, Squares! We don't nuzzle the cacti! They are not friendly.|
|Augh, trees! Squares doesn't do forests.|
|In the treetops. How did we even get up here?|
Mountains were next. Although climbing them is actually pretty fun due to Squares's impressive jumping abilities, descending them is somewhat of a challenge on horseback, which become evident in the screenshot below.
|I'm not sure how we made it down this mountainside without killing ourselves. Or what I was hoping to do with that torch.|
It was now barely past noon, and I was already getting nervous about stopping for the night. I had sort of run through some scenarios of how to build shelters for Squares and myself, but hadn't actually tested anything, and thought it might be a little tricky my first time. I found a convenient cliff wall that could serve as one side of a shelter, with as a bonus, very thin grass with stone right underneath, so I could build Squares a pen with a non-grass floor. A non-grass floor is important because lions and bears and other horse-eating creatures will spawn on grass.
|The spot I chose for our first night's stop.|
By the time I got the hay bale out, Squares had bounced well away from the cliff face. I got on, walked him back, got off - and he immediately bounced away from the cliff face again. After another couple of tries, I gave up and gave him the hay bale when he was merely in the vicinity of the cliff. I would just build a four-sided pen for him.
I got two and a half sides of the pen done before I accidentally right-clicked too close to Squares, and ended up on his back. "Whee! You want to play! I'm a horse!" Bouncebouncebounce. I got off, and Squares bounced out of his pen. I got back on and tried to steer him back into the pen, but now Squares had decided that the opening was much too small for Squares the Mega-Horse, and was having none of it. I got off and enlarged the opening. I chased down Squares. I maneuvered him back into the half-pen, then tried to stand beside him and block up the opening. Two blocks later, I had accidentally right-clicked on him again, and was once again staring at the pen from horseback, unable to place any more blocks. "Hi! We're playing again! I'm a horse!" I got off, and Squares immediately bounced out of the pen.
By now the sun was beginning to set, and I was starting to get worried. Instead of trying to box Squares in, I switched strategies and tried to dig a pit, hoping to lure Squares inside and close it up over our heads. It worked for a while - Squares can only jump 1.5 blocks when I'm not riding him, so I was able to dig a pit that was two blocks deep, chase down Squares, and drop inside the pit with him. He bounced in the pit next to me as I tried to reach past him to make a roof above us. I placed a few blocks, then accidentally right clicked on him again. When I'm riding Squares, he can jump 3 blocks, so we were out of the pit in a flash - in the confusion I right-clicked again, and I ended up back in the pit, looking up at the stars, and listening to Squares bouncing around outside. "I'm a horse! I'm a horse!"
|This is bad.|
I climbed out of the pit and went to look for Squares in the dark. Fortunately he was bouncing in the torchlight just outside the pit. I steered us back into the pit and - fighting panic - somehow managed to get the roof closed up.
Eventually I tried to move, and discovered that I couldn't go an inch in any direction - Squares was pinning me against the wall. I tried to dig myself a little room behind me - the first block immediately revealed the dark night outside. I closed it up and turned around to face Squares again, still unable to take a step. I started jumping up and down along with Squares. It felt strangely therapeutic. I eventually stopped bouncing and found a block that I could safely clear away without exposing us to the spider that was now making its slurping noises outside. Now that I could move a little, I spent most of the rest of the night trying to sidle past Squares to get to a chunk of coal just behind him.
|Rrrgh - Mffff - move it, Squares!|
|Squares was not the source of the spooky cow noises.|