1,000 Words: Beach Bodies

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I bet if I asked these two boys to pose like this for me today it would be a very different image. (And I think my request would be denied.) Steel and Austin hung out a lot when they were growing up, but they didn’t like each other very much. They are first cousins but they fought like brothers; constantly arguing and competing against one another. It even got violent on occasion. I’ll never forget the time Steel hit Austin on the head with a hockey stick (and sent him to ER for stitches) all the while insisting it was an accident. This photo was taken in August 2004. We were camping near Santa Cruz (in our trailer) and the Almeidas came down and joined us for the day.