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"Hats Off" to our Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper - Upcoming Event


If you haven't been keeping up with all things Susquehanna, perhaps you need to check out what our RiverKeeper is doing these days.
 
I look forward to watching Carol's many successes in the future.

 
 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Now Comes Good Paddling...

 
The Susquehanna is one of the most ancient rivers on earth. Sections of it have been flowing the same course for close to 300 million years.
 
Throughout the years I've paddled it, I've seen waters levels so low and the river so clear that you could almost count every stone and see fish and other critters at depths of over 10 feet.
 
2015 was the first year in almost two decades that I did not get on the river once.
 
I hope to make up for it in 2016.
 
Here are some pics from days gone by. 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
When Henry David Thoreau was about to die, his last spoken words were:
 
"Now comes good sailing. Moose. Indian."
 
 
 
 

 
It has been a good ride.
 
Later. 
  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Susquehanna Makes #3 Spot on MER List


The Susquehanna River has been on American Rivers' Most Endangered list three times in the last 11 years; #1 in 2005 and 2011...and #3 in 2016.
 
Read more about this year's listing here, and read the entire report here. One of my RiverFest pics made the report, and I'm grateful for the acknowledgement.
 
Thanks, American Rivers. Good luck in your efforts.
 
I acknowledge and apologize for the recent lack of posts. Since ~mid January, I have been dealing with an unanticipated aftermath of my leg injuries from early 2013. The altered biomechanics of both legs from knee surgery have slowly & silently but most definitely wreaked havoc on my hips over the past few years. As my orthopedic surgeon quipped; "the train has left the station and it's not coming back."
 
Right now, I am doing everything I can to postpone the inevitable.
 
More in a few.
 
 
 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

March 6, 1944: Raymond, Donald and Hillary


I've been posting/blogging online since October 1999, and as many of my fellow longtime bloggers know, I rarely stray into the arena of politics - and when I do - it's brief.
 
Over the past week or so, as I was thinking about today's post for one of my family history blogs,  images/thoughts of Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton kept popping up in my mind. And not just randomly. It happened far too often to be just a coincidence or insignificant, so whatever the connection is, I decided to do my best and run with it. Someone or something was prompting me to.
 
My Mom's brother, Raymond M. Raykovitz, died in WWII on March 6, 1944. Here's a link to today's brief post on The Raykovitz Chronicles.
 
I find it incredibly difficult to understand how, in a nation of over ~323 million people, we cannot come up with presidential front-runners better than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
 
The former is a complete egomaniacal flavor-of-the-moment buffoon, and the latter - among other shortcomings - has empty, soulless eyes; a thousand-yard stare with nothing of worthwhile merit to be found within.

In my personal opinion, neither is fit to lead this country...or me. I wouldn't follow either of them down a well-marked Boy Scout trail. And should there ever be a judgment day of reckoning for the USPS employee that was cashing checks meant for Gold Star parents, I would not be shocked to find a family connection to either or both of the folks mentioned above. 
 
I will vote in the upcoming ( less than ) presidential election. Unfortunately, if current standings hold, the lesser of two evils applies here. Then again, you never know what tomorrow might bring.
 
Raymond's burial @ Arlington - March 3, 1949.
 
I'd vote for him.
 
Above: Ray's Mother circa 1965. No further caption needed.

 
RIP, Ray. 
       

Saturday, March 5, 2016

2016: Stark Realism on the Susquehanna

 
 
It all flows downstream...

 
 
I find it truly amazing that there are folks out there that still cannot ( or refuse to ) understand that we are responsible for the sorry state of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. 
 
When you flush the toilet, or pour who knows what down the drain or into a sewer grate...where - exactly - do you think that water ends up?
 
 
 
 
I wish all who promote PA's 2016 "River of the Year" the very best.
 
This year, amidst all the back-slapping and feel-good posters and 2016 R.O.Y. events, I'm going to document the Susquehanna from a different perspective.
 
Stark realism...without any sugar-coating.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stay tuned.
 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Marathon &...Mount Markie?

 
To all:
 
A combination of getting much busier at work and a trip west to see my youngest daughter run in ( & finish ) the Los Angeles Marathon have cut down on the amount of time I have to blog.
 
I hope to ramp things up sooner vs. later, as with the Susquehanna being named PA's 2016 "River of the Year", a lot of pretty cool events are already in the planning stages.
 
More in a few.
 
Dad & daughter on the Santa Monica Pier.
   14 Feb 2016
  
 
Above: The finisher's prizes
Below: Ponte Malbec and sunshine...heaven!
 
 
Below: Mount Markie?
 
     

Sunday, February 7, 2016

DCNR, POWR, EHMR...& Free Posters?


 
If there is a longer running blog about the Susquehanna River on this planet, I'd like to be made aware of it.

Until then...
 
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It's old news by now that the north branch of the Susquehanna River garnered the most votes in a popularity contest and has been named PA's "River of the Year" for 2016.
 
 
"DCNR and POWR will work with the Endless Mountains Heritage Region (EMHR) to create a free, commemorative poster celebrating the Susquehanna River North Branch as the 2016 Pennsylvania River of the Year. EMHR, the applicant nominating the waterway in close cooperation with the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, will receive a $10,000 Leadership Grant to help fund year-long River of the Year activities."
 
You can check out the rest of the details here.

I wonder how much of an impact all those free posters will have on the future clean-up of this ancient river? And I wonder how much of the taxpayers' money will be wasted having a bunch of state-funded bureaucrats sitting in a conference room deciding which photo & font style/color should be used on those 2016 River of the Year posters?

Just when I thought I was OUT...they pull me back in.

 

 
Where do they get these people?

And yes...I can do better.
  

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

UnFrozen


This past Saturday, after about ~two hours of working through all of the online fixes & tutorials I could find, I was finally able to repair the glitch in Windows 10 that threw my laptop into a never-ending automatic repair loop. With this post, I'll begin my final countdown.
 
As a continuation of my Three Years Agone post, I offer the photo below for starters.
 
 
 
I am sitting on the steps that I fell down and  - upon impact - ruptured both quadriceps tendons on. My momentum took me well into the lane, and I crawled/slithered back onto those same steps before I could call 911 and my wife. Shock set in shortly thereafter.
 
It has been a long road back, and I look forward to what lies ahead.
 
     
Speaking of (un)frozen...35" of the white stuff fell in our backyard in SE PA this past weekend.
 
More in a few.