Our son, Kaeo, leaped out of bed this morning, wolfed down a bowl of Cheerios, and jumped on the bus-our dinghy-so he could get to school a few minutes early. For this aberrant pre-teen behavior-waking up before noon, brushing his teeth without being asked, and racing to school ahead of time-my husband, Johnny, and I had a fellow sailor to thank. Jim Austin of the catamaran Salty Paws, a professional photographer, had offered to take Kaeo on a wildlife-photography hike on Cumberland Island, Georgia. Lessons on this day would involve wild ponies, armadillos, and egrets, apertures, shutter speeds, and backlight levels. For Kaeo, whose ambition is to become a wildlife cameraman, school today was a dream come true.