The Long Way Home
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“We’re not lost. We’re locationally challenged.”

 – John Milo Ford, American science fiction and fantasy writer


The night was dark – oppressive. Snowflakes swirled around me obscuring my view. The headlights on my sled did little to illuminate my whereabouts. Sled tracks ran off in every direction. I couldn’t see the other sleds – no headlights, no taillights – nothing at all.

When I was a teenager, my family owned three sleds (snowmobiles) and we road them relentlessly every winter. On this particular evening, I had joined a couple friends for an evening ride. We thundered along country roads and rocketed across open fields. When we arrived in a field of high, rolling hills, we did what “invincible” young men often do: threw...

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