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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

50 Shades of Clueless

For centuries before the colonization of Penn's Woods, the forests were so thick in the Poconos between Easton and the Wyoming Valley that they were given the nickname "The Shades of Death". It is written by some that it was almost impossible to see the sun on the brightest of days due to the dense arboreal canopy overhead. 

Having read hundreds of journals written by the early explorers of this continent, especially the Susquehanna watershed, what we see today is a tattered remnant of the majestic forests that existed only a few centuries ago.

From climate change to forest management, our current president is totally clueless regarding ANY environmental issue, and I continue to be amazed that there are any people left who actually believe anything this poor excuse for a man and a leader has to say.

Tempus can't fugit fast enough for me. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A Walk Among Life's Lesser Angels

I can honestly say I do not recall reading this anywhere, but this simple thought follows me wherever I go.

'Be aware of those that wear their heart - or faith - on their sleeves, for their true conviction is as deep as it appears to be.'

Facta, non verba.  

Friday, July 6, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

What's in Your Water?

Caught this headline this morning:

It’s official: City’s public swim beach closed for season

Read the rest of the article here

Anyone surprised? 

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Power of Moving Water

"They say this is a once every 1,000-year flood and we've had two of them in two years," Hogan said.

Never doubt the incredible and destructive power of moving water. 

Read about a recent event here. Take the time to check out the videos. 

And about that climate change hoax...

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The "Craftsman" of Kayaks

Sometime in 2018, I will hit the waters again in my red Perception Jocassee tandem kayak.

Since purchasing it in 1997, I have paddled thousands of miles in this boat in all 12 months of the year, and have introduced hundreds of folks to the recreational pastime of paddling. My longest one day (solo) trip was 62 miles on the Susquehanna River in 2004, and I've paddled in Otsego Lake (Cooperstown NY) before dawn and Mauch Chuck Lake after sunset. No one has ever paddled in my kayak without wearing a PFD. And so far...I've never had to go for an unintended swim. 

A professional outfitter once called this specific boat the "Craftsman of Kayaks", and deservedly so. It is big, heavy...and built to last. It's over 16' long and has a stated capacity of ~750 lbs. 

The first four pics below are from 1998 through 2000. The others span the remaining ~17 years. 

Looking forward to the 2018 paddling season...

Above: Day #1 of a 3-day, 70 mile adventure near Sayre NY. 

The pic below is on the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek in February 1999.
Icicles were forming on the paddles. 

Above: My sister and I on the Susquehanna near Shickshinny PA.

Above: One of the youngest paddlers ever allowed @ RiverFest. 

Above: Two Drexel Co-ops paddle the Schuylkill in Philadelphia. 

Above/below: Someone's excited about kayaking. 

Above: My son's first solo paddling trip in ~2001.  

Above: The "Boys of October" near Laceyville PA. 

Above: Celebrating the day the proposed inflatable dam died. 

Above: Remnants of a coal car used in the 1959 Knox Mine Disaster. 

Above: Been there many times...

Above: The first leg of a ~200 mile paddle from Vestal NY to Sunbury PA. 
Below: Congrats from EMO's David Buck upon completing leg #4 @ Sunbury in October 2004. 

Above: A 19" smallie...boated & released. 

Above: Leisurely paddle on Mauch Chunk Lake. 

Above: Ramming speed with my sister on the Susquehanna. 

Above: Checking out the AMD outflow near Pittston PA. 

Above: My daughters catching some rays. 

Below: A ~12 term Congressman wanted to build an inflatable dam on the Susquehanna River near Wilkes-Barre, PA. The dream nightmare started in 1988, and we were finally able to kill the project in February 2008. My kayak was part of my 2007 Earth Day protest on the Market Street bridge.

The Congressman has long since retired. My kayak lives on.  

Above: Paddling on the Perkiomen near Lederach PA.