OUTDOORS: Fever is a warning sign

A group of us once got a bacteria infection and fever from drinking from this lake in Canada. 

I had finally begged, pleaded, threatened, and harassed my old man mentor, Mr. Castor, to take me fishing on the upcoming Saturday. Having a fishing trip planned gives a kid reason to live, considering I was serving a sentence in the third grade.

The morning of the trip, I came staggering out of my room, apparently looking a mite poor. My grandmother took one look at me, put her hand on my forehead, and said, “Land sakes boy, you’re burning up with fever. Back to bed, no fishing for you today.”

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