Luke Fairtrace, left, Colby Guthre, center, and Luna Fairtrace, enjoy what children have loved since time immemorial, a great mud pile. Colby and Luke are 12 years old; Luna is 9. They live in Gulfport's Hidden Creek Estates.
Luke Fairtrace, left, Colby Guthre, center, and Luna Fairtrace, enjoy what children have loved since time immemorial, a great mud pile. Colby and Luke are 12 years old; Luna is 9. They live in Gulfport's Hidden Creek Estates. COURTESY R.LEE FLOWERS
Luke Fairtrace, left, Colby Guthre, center, and Luna Fairtrace, enjoy what children have loved since time immemorial, a great mud pile. Colby and Luke are 12 years old; Luna is 9. They live in Gulfport's Hidden Creek Estates. COURTESY R.LEE FLOWERS

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Mud, children and a day in the life of a journalist

April 15, 2016 9:08 AM

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