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One Man International Rescue Mission: After Action Report, Part 3

(Part 1 here, Part 2 here) The Rio Quijos Eco Lodge sits not far from the bank of its namesake river, a well-known and -regarded star in the constellation of meaningful places in the river kayaking world, with many miles of class four and five rapids though the stretch the lodge sits on is lazy and calm. Across the … Continue reading

One Man International Rescue Mission: After-Action Report, Part 2

(link to Part 1 for those readers just joining us) I turned on my phone, which didn’t have service, and wandered the length and breadth of the arrivals terminal at Mariscal Sucre, looking for anyone who might be looking for me. No one was. I went outside to smoke a cigarette, tried my phone again, … Continue reading

One Man International Rescue Mission: After-Action Report, Part 1

I got the call last Monday. I missed it, actually, because I was taking a nap. I’d just finished Octavia Butler’s Fledgling, and as is not unusual after reading a work of that power, compellingness, and degree of writerly badassitude, I needed to shut down my conscious brain and let my psyche digest what I’d spent … Continue reading

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