Raise the Blue Peter! Setting Sail for Middle America

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When the Blue Peter, a nautical flag consisting of a white square against a blue background, is raised by a ship in harbor, it means, “All persons report on board as the vessel is about to proceed to sea.” In other words, it is the sign that the vessel in question is “Outward Bound.”

And so I raise high my banner—and my trip-launching mug of coffee—as Tay and I make final preparations to cross the vast prairie wilderness between Long Island and Denver-Town.

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