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What is this story about?

(Apologies if at the end I improperly announce the answer.)

Bill and Dan bravely ventured forth, eagerly hiking towards a notorious outcrop. Traipsing through the water under a regal old acai, they espied a giant, squirming worm at the bottom of the tree. Pressing further on, they later saw a pink glow, as a solitary flamingo settled upon the water through which they carried their load. Finally they glimpsed a magnificent, soaring albatross.


Not part of the puzzle:

This is my first puzzling.se question; accordingly I have done my best with a fairly simple one, but please let me know if I am in error e.g. with the tags. Will add hints if it proves too tricky!


Hint #1

The key (although perhaps a little tenuous) lies within the wording of my apology


Hint #2

Apologies if at the end I improperly announce the answer.

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I think this story is about

An adventure to the past

Step 1

Following Hint 2
If we take the ends of the improper nouns, we have
outcrop water acai worm tree glow, flamingo water load. albatross.
prime words

Step 2

Taking the beginnings of words in prime number positions
Bill and Dan bravely ventured forth, eagerly hiking towards a notorious outcrop. Traipsing through the water under a regal old acai, they espied a giant, squirming worm at the bottom of the tree. Pressing further on, they later saw a pink glow, as a solitary flamingo settled upon the water through which they carried their load. Finally they glimpsed a magnificent, soaring albatross.

which spells out
Adventure to t past gm

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    $\begingroup$ Well done! I had only intended "Adventure" (and hadn't bothered to count any primes past 23!), but it seems there's accidentally a semi coherent extension to my designed answer! Hope you enjoyed my first puzzle :) $\endgroup$ – S. Dunnim Aug 20 at 9:10
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    $\begingroup$ @S.Dunnim Yes, it is a good one. I like how you hid the hint. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Aug 20 at 9:22

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