A school boat? As in the equivalent of a school bus?
We were in Ramon, Isabela, on the edge of the Magat reservoir, when we spotted these school children gathering along the shore, waiting to get on a paddle boat. They live on Isla Verde, that green island on the horizon. Every morning, they'd paddle over to get to school. In the afternoons, they'd reverse course and head home. On extremely windy days like today, it could take 45 minutes to cross that narrow stretch. It's not without dangers, and boats have been known to capsize, but it's just another day for school children here. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: On days when the light is muggy, a grayish cast make most photographs uninteresting. But don't let a poor shot get in the way of a good story!)
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