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Cruise Away There is a lonely, musty tinge to the smell of the marsh mud under us. Small critters ripple silently on the water surface, and a frog caught off guard leaps suddenly from an algae-covered log. Nearby, a perfect V-shaped wake forms behind a swimming muskrat or a sauntering water snake, creepily approaching but fortunately never arriving. When we stop paddling and wait for the birds, fish, and turtles to emerge, we soon begin to hear and see the abundant life all around us. Now we notice the monarch butterf lies and fiddler crabs and marsh periwinkle feeding in the waving grasses. We stop and drift, and

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soon the collective din of insects, peepers, and birds erupts from what we first took for silence. Stealthily turning our kayaks in the narrow channel, we leave the marsh to make our way back to the mother ship as evening begins to sift over the creek. We pass near a beachy thicket of fallen driftwood at the shoreline and pause to watch a pair of eagles standing guard in the towering pines. Our kayaks move silently through the labyrinth of fallen wood, and it seems as if the eagles somehow accept us as part of their natural world. At least they tolerate our presence. The sound of a boat motor here would have changed everything. The Fleet Retires as Evening Falls The sunset glows auburn on the still water as we arrive back at our anchorage, where a ready-made summer supper and cold drinks await us. Anchored in deep water, First Light makes an ideal base camp for our adventures outward on small boats, expanding the fun at our cruising destinations and providing a micro view of the natural world around us. If the weather holds for the evening, a magical calm settles over the cove as the orange sun-ball shimmers with a last gasp and drops below the horizon. Twilight colors and nature’s sounds lather us with an unusual peace. We

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