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Thursday, January 5, 2012

"The Tourist Trail" by John Yunker

In darkness, Angela ascended the winding gravel road. She carried a flashlight, but she kept it off. She knew the path well.

       The Clouds of Magellan illuminated the white bellies of penguins crossing up ahead. Most stood at the side of the road and watched her pass, their heads waving from side to side. When one brayed, the high-pitched hee-hawing of a donkey, the others responded in kind, forming a gantlet of noise. It was mating season at Punta Verde, and the males were rowdy.

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