Once upon a time, a family on a sailboat went to Isabella Island. The wildlife refuge was famed for fearless, magnificent birds. But the family couldn’t get to the island, just a few dozen yards away; the surf was too rough. They were disappointed; but then, a bird came to them.
They lifted the bird onto the dinghy pontoon with an oar. It was exhausted, and they wondered if it would survive.
They supported the bird while it dried and warmed in the sun. It didn’t look very happy.
After a while, the bird perked up. To their delight, it wanted to fly!
The first attempt did not go well, and the bird had to be fished out of the water again.
The bird needed more time to dry its waterlogged feathers.
Finally, the bird had dried enough to try again.
Success! The family celebrated when they saw the bird arrive at the island.
Their Isla Isabella experience was nothing like they expected, but spectacular just the same.