Angle to Key West: Nine Months (3/11)

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Key West, FL – March 11, 2013


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If you don’t know who Wally is, you should probably read his posts from the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth months first, otherwise you will think I’m talking to myself.


Key West, FL – March 11, 2013

“All right boys, that’s it, there you go, pack it up, pack it up, job’s over.”

How’s it going down there, Wally? Everything ok?

“Oh, here he is, finally coming down to say hello. I thought you were too busy taking pictures with girls in bikinis to remember us.”

Wally, it’s the 21st century. You can’t go around calling grown women girls.

“Women, girls, whatever, you still forgot about us down here in the gut.”

I’d never forget about you, Wally.

“Where’s our postcard then? You bought three dozen of the things.”

I would have bought more if I had everyone’s address, but whatever, you don’t get a postcard.

“What? Why not?”

What are you going to do with a postcard? You can’t eat it. Consider that chocolate dipped key like pie your postcard.

“Those thirty-two stamps you got better be self-adhesive, I’m not wasting tongue strength on anything but ice cream.”

Yea, yea, so what’s the final damage report anyway? We gonna make it?

“Well, we got a few nicks and cuts and you sat on your ass so long we gotta rebuild it from scratch again, but I’ve got the blueprints around here somewhere. It’s nothing a bit of key lime pie and ice cream can’t fill out nicely.”

You get that half-gallon? That should help.

“Yea, but you know I don’t like Neapolitan.”

Didn’t seem to be a problem when you ate it all.

“Well, I don’t want to be picky, but the chocolate really overwhelms the other flavors.”

Seriously? Chocolate? Are you complaining about this?

“I said I don’t mean to be picky.”

Saying that doesn’t make you not picky. Being not picky makes you not picky.

“What? I can’t have one complaint? It’s not like I just pulled you through 4,000 miles of paddling without any real injury and you–”

What about that rib?

“That rib? That rib! Enough with the rib already! That was three whole days out of nine months and it hasn’t hurt you since January! You’re as good as new and you’re complaining about some rib from two months ago! I’m working miracles here.”

Maybe you should go for sainthood.

“If sainthood is a giant couch in front of a sixty-inch TV then I’m all for it, otherwise, not interested. Season 3 of Game of Thrones is just around the corner!”

Game of Thrones? Really? Is that where we’re at now? Waiting for the next episode of a TV show?

“Mostly I just want to sit on a couch.”

Aren’t you even just a little sad?


Not even a tiny bit?


You don’t miss Minnesota or Lake Superior?

“It’s -20 up there right now. The only time I want it that cold is when I’m standing in front of a freezer door trying to pick a flavor. Take a load off, you’re in Key West. Drink a margarita. We just finished the adventure of a lifetime.”

Oh come on, Wally, you know I hate that.


That phrase.

“What phrase, adventure of a lifetime?”

People are always saying that to me. Adventure of a lifetime this. Adventure of a lifetime that.


I hate it. It’s so limiting.


It matters, Wally. It’s the secret of this trip. It’s the secret to life.

“It’s just four little words.”

Yea, but they’re in the wrong order and that makes all the difference.

13 thoughts on “Angle to Key West: Nine Months (3/11)

  1. Yahoo!!!!! Yeah! Get the order right. Be Out of Order! Love it. Love Wally! Brave babes…er, women, standing so close to what had to be a really smelly you! As the Comet would say, “Only in America!”

  2. Fifty-two years ago your grandfather landed in Key West with his family in tow and was greeted by a custom agent. You land in Key West that many years later and are greeted by two bikini-clad, intelligent, young beautiful women….( I mean “babes.”). Anna Banana is right, “Only In America!” And so right on the order of those words so often said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! By the way, the new book by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is “Out of Order” and it has no mention of Wally.

  3. me? I’m gonna miss that Wally! What a treat! Ease up on the Minnesota/Wisconsin, we’re gonna make it to the big 50 degrees today! Hasnt been that warm since you left us last fall, some 117 days ago. Be kind and make good choices!

  4. A couch and a TV remote… great idea. Tell Wally to put a sock in it! Buy him a pizza, that will shut him up, for a little while that is.

  5. Daniel, I just wanted to say that I’ve followed your blog since a friend who was a friend of one of the guides on the BWCA sent her the link. Of course I backtracked to the beginning and read it all. Thank you for sharing your journey. Your writing is exemplary and at times I laughed and at others I cried. Job well done!! I look forward to more in the future.

  6. a lifetime of adventure – what a wonderful philosophy to live by. I’ve been reading since Ely, MN (my Mom’s hometown), and it truly has felt like an adventure. Lots of laughter, a number of tears, plenty to think about, some actions taken. It really has been an adventure for me, too. Thank you so much for sharing your stories, Daniel. Keep on!

  7. I’m slowly coming to accept that this is the last post. *sigh* I miss you guys!

  8. Thanks for sharing your journey,I;m from Duluth and it was fun following your travels on familiar waterways and I wish you well on your next adventure. Don Perich Esko mn.

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