Angle to Key West: Not Finished Yet (1/3)

The Looksha

Tallahassee, FL – January 3, 2013

The boat ended up stashed by the front door of my house, lying on the ground, bright yellow against the brown leaves. It looks odd sitting in the middle of the forest, out-of-place against the familiar, but I refuse to move it. I don’t want to hang it up somewhere, to lean it against a back wall, to slide it into a shed. I need it there, right where it is, right outside the front door. I need to see it every time I step out to run an errand or catch up with an old friend. I need to walk past that glowing yellow hull every time things feel too comfortable and routine. I need to listen to it scream at me.

“You aren’t finished yet,” it yells.

“But one more day,” I say.

“You aren’t finished yet,” it yells.

“But ice cream,” I say.

“You aren’t finished yet,” it yells.

“But I’m tired,” I say.

“You aren’t finished yet,” it yells.

“But my hands ache,” I say.

“You aren’t finished yet,” it yells.

“But,” I say.

“You aren’t finished yet,” it yells.

And it will keep yelling and I know there is only one way to make it stop.

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If anyone in the Tallahassee area would like to come to a presentation about the trip so far or just wants to see what a crazy person looks like (I may even bring my pink flamingo with me!), I will be giving a presentation this Monday, January 21st at the United Church of Tallahassee 1834 Mahan Drive at 3:30PM. It’s free and open to anyone who is interested so come on down, hear about the trip, meet Frank, see some pictures, and get any questions you have about the trip answered!

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6 responses to “Angle to Key West: Not Finished Yet (1/3)

  1. I know of a man who decided to hike the Appalachian Trail after he lost his job.It was just something he always wanted to do.He was overweight,out of shape and ill prepared.He emerged in Maine 9 months later,40 pounds lighter and apparently a changed man with a self confidence and self reliance he had not previously felt.The first thing he wanted to do was repeat the hike,starting this time in Maine.His wife told him it was time to get a job.That’s all I know.You are one with the kayak but you’re going to look damn silly dragging it behind you everywhere you go.It’s time.You know it will be there whether it’s a one hour paddle or a 100 day paddle.— From: Predictably Lost <comment-reply@wordpress.com>To: takeahike@rl250.comSubject: [New post] Angle to Key West: Not Finished Yet (1/3)Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 15:00:49 +0000

    Out of Order posted: ” Tallahassee, FL – January 3, 2013 The boat ended up stashed by the front door of my house, lying on the ground, bright yellow against the brown leaves. It looks odd sitting in the middle of the forest, out-of-place against the familiar, but I refus”

  2. I admire your tenacity, Daniel. It’s not an Aries trait, particularly, to finish what one starts. But through the years of hiking the long trails you have shown that you can stay the course to the end.
    I know you have a long way to go to get to Key West, but I have every confidence that you will do so…tired or not. Paddle On, Big D! Yahoo!!!!

  3. OMG! You’re here!! In Tallahassee!!!
    I got busy and hadn’t been reading the blog for over a week, and
    now I find out you’re right here!!!!
    And you’re going to do a presentation tomorrow!!!!!!!
    I’ll be there, hell or high water. :-)
    ~~ eArThworm

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