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Key Ozark

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We pulled into Marathon Key. Cuba sat a hundred miles across the water. And we were running out of time. No problem. We found a durable old connection waiting for us like a surprise party. Way down here, where you can’t quite see Key West because the highest mountaintop is about six feet above sea level, we reveled in our …

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Drive Me Crazy

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After days at sea, we reached dry land and hopped in a car. Strange experience, changing from helm to steering wheel. I found myself coaxing other drivers. “C’mon, lil’ Texter, you can move on through that stoplight. It turned green just for you. C’mon, Texternator, you can drive now.”

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Bionic, When She Starts

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Sometimes you get lucky. Erifnus broke down right in front of the house. Bad starter. But since she’s a 5-speed manual transmission, and we live on a slope, I rolled her downhill and popped the clutch. Engine started like she had a fraction of her 293,000 miles. University Garage put a new starter on her, and said she’ll last a …

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A Tale of Two Stacked Ladies

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1961. The first photo I ever took. I was much younger than Leonardo in Titanic. But at nine years old I knew this: a cabin-class kid would never make it past a vigilant crew to get to the first class lounge, or the captain’s bridge, or the prow of the ship to declare “I’m the king of the world!” Yeah, …

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Over Rocky Falls In A Barrel?

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“Would you go down Rocky Falls in that?” He pointed to a submarine in the yard at River’s Edge Resort. “Not on your life,” I laughed. “Although today there might be enough water.” Earlier that morning, we had hoped to launch from the Prongs. 33rd year. 33 canoes. 33 degrees…almost. But a raging flood sidelined us for the day, and …

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