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“Eeeaaahhhh!” bellows Holmberg from his moss draped compound on the banks of the Pearl River, where Highway 90 crosses it just west of the Mississippi state line. These days, a good Cajun yell at once mournful and joyful sometimes comes easier than words for Holmberg and seems a fitting summation of his predicament.
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“I love the swamp,” says Holmberg. And the cheap adidas swamp loved him back for 25 years, providing a fine income from Mr. Denny’s Voyageur Canoe Swamp Tours. With seven canoes and cheap jordans on sale several guides, Holmberg’s tours took as many as 150 visitors a day at $20 to $50 a head up the river’s tiny tributaries. Powered only by paddles, the boats let their occupants slip quietly across thick carpets of salvinia grass and beneath towering cypress trees to get an up close look at the amazing array of wildlife in the swamp.
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cheap yeezys For now, Vandercook, his wife, son and a couple of friends are guiding whatever tours they can book to raise money for Holmberg. Their efforts have been adopted by a Hancock County relief organization, which is publicizing the tours on its Web site, and Vandercook is promoting the business with new brochures and yellow pages listings. cheap yeezys
Vandercook, 47, himself a recent transplant from Michigan, has developed a passion for the cheap jordans shoes swamp and loves to pull canoes through the muddy water wearing camo pants with a foot long combat knife strapped to his thigh.
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cheap nike shoes Cheap jordans “You get out here with Denny and it’s just like going back to school,” he says. “He’s a very knowledgeable man. We just wish it wasn’t stuck in his head right now.” cheap nike shoes
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“He said he’d never get back in the boat because of the seizures,” Vandercook says, “but we took the middle seat out and put some cushions in and put him down in there and took him out in the swamp.”
The voyage was a success, Holmberg said, unleashing another “Eeeaaahhhh!” for emphasis.
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