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Promise Guy, 13, unwillingly touches the moss on a tree as her host mother Barbara Austin encourages her, while on a scavenger hunt in the woods at Claytor Natures Study Center in Bedford, Va. “I’m not built for this,” said Promise as she ventured on the nature walk with her host family. This is Promise’s fourth year participating in The Fresh Air Fund of New York City, which sends thousands of children every year to rural homes so they can experience life outside the city. 

Promise Guy, 13, unwillingly touches the moss on a tree as her host mother Barbara Austin encourages her, while on a scavenger hunt in the woods at Claytor Natures Study Center in Bedford, Va. “I’m not built for this,” said Promise as she ventured on the nature walk with her host family. This is Promise’s fourth year participating in The Fresh Air Fund of New York City, which sends thousands of children every year to rural homes so they can experience life outside the city. 

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From left to right, Tim Morton, 15, Charlie Craighill and Andrew Shaw share a laugh as Shaw uses a long pole to help the Mary Marshall gain speed as they head down the James River during the fifth day of the 29th Annual James River Batteau Festival on Wednesday. The 120 mile journey includes 18 crews who navigate wooden batteaux resembling the the 18th and early 19th century cargo boats from Lynchburg to Maiden’s Landing.

From left to right, Tim Morton, 15, Charlie Craighill and Andrew Shaw share a laugh as Shaw uses a long pole to help the Mary Marshall gain speed as they head down the James River during the fifth day of the 29th Annual James River Batteau Festival on Wednesday. The 120 mile journey includes 18 crews who navigate wooden batteaux resembling the the 18th and early 19th century cargo boats from Lynchburg to Maiden’s Landing.

William Davis plays the harmonica with his two sons, Michael, 7, (left) and Ashby (5) after arriving in Socttsville, Va. during the fifth day of the James River Batteau Festival on Wednesday. The 120 mile journey includes 18 crews who navigate wooden batteaux resembling the the 18th and early 19th century cargo boats from Lynchburg to Maiden’s Landing. 

William Davis plays the harmonica with his two sons, Michael, 7, (left) and Ashby (5) after arriving in Socttsville, Va. during the fifth day of the James River Batteau Festival on Wednesday. The 120 mile journey includes 18 crews who navigate wooden batteaux resembling the the 18th and early 19th century cargo boats from Lynchburg to Maiden’s Landing. 

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