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Florida

Keep it casual in sun shirts, graphic tees, caps, and straw hats that are perfect for a paddle, a sail, or a stroll down the beach. Wear the original flip-flop and star brand.

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Narrow, Shallow, Upside Down, And Happy

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Within the Keys archipelago there are countless winding channels, grass flats, and tidal creeks to explore. We paddled our way through just a few, and no, they weren’t the colorful coral reef ecosystems that most yearn to see, but they held our attention just as tightly.

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When Turtles Fly

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After taking fifty steps on the windswept west side of Munjack Cay, I stopped abruptly and turned around. I saw that my footprints were the only ones on this side of the island. 

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The Green Gators of Saint Patrick

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At one point, just before we all walked back to the parking lot, I trained my camera on some air plants high above me in an oak tree. I was composing and focusing and happened to look a few feet over to the right. There, completely unexpected, was a family of horned owls— the mother looking right at me.

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Details, Details, Details

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Our day with Danger Charters would take place aboard the Sarah, a beautiful sixty-five foot Chesapeake Bay skipjack with a moveable centerboard. This allows the Sarah to sail into waters a shallow as three feet, perfect for a snorkeling trip. The weather that day was too calm for sailing, but perfect for lake-calm snorkeling in the protected waters off Key West.

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Deep Watery Places

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It was also fitting that on March 22ndWorld Water Day, I was on the island of Manhattan, surrounded by water and wading through a sea of people. We had some things we really wanted to see in New York, and many of them, curiously enough, were saturated with water and water imagery. Go figure.

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Daydreams and Dostoevsky

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It is usually this time of year when my mind becomes unfocused. I blame it on the weather. Fall days in the subtropics are drier, cooler, and a bit shorter, although not as short as some of my snow-shoveling cousins experience up north and out west.

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Pigeons On A Wire

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All trips begin with a list. Mine is usually short, simple, and stays in my head. My wife’s list is written, on paper, on her ever-present clipboard. I know, I know, "Buy her an iPad, you cheapskate."

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Please Don't Touch, Unless

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Each time I go out to explore the nearby waters I am reminded that my impact can be lasting or largely invisible, and it is all up to me. I can either choose to be passive or choose to be active, but the end result should look like I was never even there.

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