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"Come on! Speed it up! Just a bit left to go!"
He was out of his mind.hell, they were both out of their minds. I was not going to be able to make it. I couldn't remember why I had ever agreed to go with them. The weight of the excessively large un-inflated rubber raft weighed down on my back and made it feel as if I were carrying a person.
We had been trudging uphill through the woods for the better part of an hour with no end in sight. The heat and extra weight had quickly taken its toll on me. I was exhausted and looked it; I was drenched in sweat, dirty, tired, and too far into the hike to dare mention going back.
"Your gonna see how nice it is! Carry the boat a bit more and I'll take it up ahead."
My friends Ryan and Rylan had made the trip before and were in good enough shape not to feel the hike. I had been promised it was worth the effort and reluctantly agreed. That they knew about this unmarked path and lake in the middle of nowhere was typical of them; both were the outgoing types who enjoyed adventurous outings and the unexpected two things I had avoided while growing up.
I grew up to be a wallflower of sorts in my small world. From the time I was in kindergarten to the eighth grade, I attended...
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