By Will McGough

TWO RIBBONS OF WATER, including one taller than 30 feet, fill the pool I’m floating in. I lean back on my sleeping pad to take in the panorama: the waterfalls, the river coursing down the valley, the foothills full of wild guava, avocado, and  

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