Author: Don Fraser


As I was driving the air boat through the Everglade swamps the motor stopped on the boat. When it quit the boat was half sunk. It sat deep in the dangerous waters where there were poisonous snakes and alligators that were big enough to eat a man. I admit that I was scared. There was no one around for miles. I climbed as high as I could on the propeller support, but I was still frightened, what if the boat sank. Then I would surely be bitten by a poisonous snake or be eaten by an alligator.

I didnít know it but a Seminole Indian lived in a shack nearby. He was paddling his canoe in the swamp, and he saw me. He paddled over to rescue me, but the first thing he did was laugh. He saw me holding tight to the structure of the propeller support as far up as I could get. I said "quit laughing at me, just save me from the snakes and the alligators.

He could see that I was frightened bad. He told me that there are no snakes or alligators in this tourist lake. "What they told you when you rented the air boat was a lie. I am here to help create the illusion that this beautiful lake is a swamp, watch this." He stood up in his canoe and jumped in the water, to my surprise he was standing in two feet of water. He got back in his canoe and convinced me it was safe. I not only climbed down from my perch I followed him to the place that I rented the air boat. I didnít want to jeopardize the Indians job so I lied.

s; "You people are crooks" I said. "I found out that this is a tourist trap and I want my money back." The Indian stood there with a smile on his face as the man gave me my money back.


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