The Influence of Friends Gathering Down at the Lake

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April 15, 2012

Bill Thomas

A start in small boats. I could, if I thought about it, trace my introduction to small boats back to a single person, or more precisely a loose group of conspirators. While I’m not naming names, I will relate the story. I don’t recall exactly how I came to spend time with this eclectic band, but I was in my mid-teens and it was the mid 1970s. Someone in our group had access to a wooded peninsula on a large inland lake. The property was about 25 miles out of town and on weekends we’d meet there to camp, play…

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