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The River Lock: One Boy's Life Along the Mohawk
Pulled between the disparate spheres of home life with a minister father he loves and respects, and the world of sex, drugs, and violence of his closest boyhood friends, author Stephen Haven relates his journey of self-discovery in this poignant memoir. After a fourteen-year absence from his home in Amsterdam, New York, Haven returns in the week before Easter, 2003, to the town that molded his character.79% (11)
A true bildungsroman, The River Lock traces the forging of Haven's identity from the clash of his youthful home life and the streets of his native mill town. Through memories of adolescence, Haven reveals how a growing understanding of art, culture, friendship, spirituality, family, and class melded to create a man able to live fully in two distinct worlds.
Knights Inlet and other top tips!
We’re just back from an absolutely fantastic holiday in BC and can’t wait to go back! Having had the holiday of a lifetime we thought we'd share our top tips/experiences with you. First for the big one. Knight Inlet Lodge – the most amazing experience, such that I'd suggest rearranging your entire holiday if necessary to get this in! It’s a floating lodge up in the middle of nowhere (quite literally – access is via floatplane from Campbell River!) set in the most amazing unspoilt scenery. Your days are packed, and I do mean packed (breakfast is at 6:30am, dinner at 7pm) full of various activities allowing you to see grizzly bears in their natural environment and at close quarters. We were there when the pink salmon run occurs – though this year numbers were incredibly low which was worrying. Having said that, it didn't spoil it as we still managed to see lots of bears. Bear watching via boat, from watching platforms, from kayaks (a must-do even if you’ve never kayaked before), oh and some bear tracking action too. It really is incredible, there’s no other way to describe it. The staff at Knight Inlet are seriously fantastic, so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about bears and conservation it makes the entire experience unforgettable. If you can, maybe keep it near the end of your trip as you’ll be exhausted – if in the nicest possible way – at the end of it.I wish I could go back! And a few other little tips... If you're in Vancouver and it’s a nice day, hire bikes and cycle the sea wall round Stanley Park. It's a totally different perspective on city life and there are some great views on the way round and plenty of nice spots to sit and have a picnic. When it comes to restaurants, try the restaurant at the Century Plaza Hotel, we really rated it (the hotel is super nice and brilliantly positioned too). They also have a huge wine list… If you're heading to Victoria, we’d highly recommend the Inn at Laurel Point – fantastic position for the views, super quiet and very swanky. Definitely one of our favourites. If you’re going whale watching, try Great Pacific whale watching tours – our guide was incredibly passionate and knowledgeable and we had great success – saw countless orcas (two pods met the day we were there which is unheard of apparently), grey whales and humpbacks. Not bad! Whistler – if you do one thing make it zip-trek, in other words flying through the trees on a zip wire. It’s seriously good fun – even in the pouring rain – and a great way to see the rainforest and valley from all sorts of angles (even upside down!). And if you hToadstool guards yucca
0 PHOTOGRAPH PARTICULARS 0 Toadstools. A place I hiked to in 2008 but the early morning light on this visit made it a very special place indeed. They have improved the easily accessible trailhead with a new sign and some free informative pamphlets. Well worth a stop when traveling through the area. The trailhead for the toadstools is on Utah highway 89 1.4 miles east of the BLM Paria rangers’ station (where the Wave lotteries are held) and just 1.6 miles west of the south terminus to the fun dirt “Cottonwood Road”. In the Grand Canyon there are at least two layers (representing millions of years) that are gone. They were eroded away before the next “new” layer was added on top. This is called an “unconformity” by geologists. I knew about the Grand Canyon unconformities but I had no idea that an unconformity played a roll in the formation of the “toadstool” area here along highway 89. Paraphrasing the good information in the small trail pamphlet: [The “bottom” layer of rocks at the toadstools is around 160 millions old (The Entrada Formation). The top layer is 97 million years old and called the Dakota Formation. In between once resided the Morrison Formation (the middle of the rock sandwich), but it was eroded completely away before the Dakota Formation rocks made their appearance]. The boundaries between rock layers at the toadstool are noticeably “tilted” in places and there are dramatic differences in the color and texture of different layers. So, an interesting geological history and some worthy for photo ops formations as a result. Plan to take your camera on the very short hike to this place, if you haven’t already been. 0 ACTIVITIES DAY TEN OF TWELVE 0 If there was one day to “live again” on this road trip then day TEN was it. It was outstanding from start to finish. The weather was A1 perfect. We had a little dirt road travel with the windows of the Jeep rolled down and a lot of good photo ops at the many different places we traveled. Oh yes, a great meal at the Escalante Outfitters to end the day properly. We left Page, Arizona before dawn. We watched the sun come up over Navajo Mountain and Lake Powell. Then on to “The Toadstools” off highway 89 for a short hike and some great early morning light on those formations. We then backtracked 1.6 miles fto the Cottonwood road (a road I had driven recently in my pickup truck, only from north to south), and enjoyed a clear warm blue sky day drive up to Butler (Grosvenor) arch. From Butler arch, we went on to Kodachrome Basin, where we took a short three mile loop hike. I loved the campground at Kodachrome and have promised my wife that we will camp there together and take some of the longer hikes available in that pretty little state park (Oh yes, the campground has HOT showers). from Kodachrome Basin state park, we drove up to Bryce National Park. LOTS of snow, but beautiful on a sunny day (few other people). We ate at the Subway just outside Ruby Inn - then drove on to Rainbow Point, which at 9,100 feet, had plenty of snow (about three feet worth along the lookout path). Then we worked our way back out Bryce, stopping to photograph at each and every lookout point that had been plowed, enjoying Bryce as the sun dropped down low and the light changed by the minute. After Bryce we backtracked again and drove on to Escalante, Utah (one of my often visited and favorite “base camps”), where we had reserved rooms by phone at the rustic but friendly: Circle “D” motel (ask for Robert and tell him Oldmantravels with the old red Toyota pickup truck sent you). After checking in at the Circle “D”, we headed over to the Escalante Outfitters ( hiking supply, books, free internet use, excellent food, really friendly people cafe) - - for a big dinner a cold beer, pizza, and a “toast” to the best road trip day we had enjoyed thus far. We had LOTS of dirt road destinations in mind for day 11 of the road trip (the next day) BUT we were in for quite a surprise the next morning at Escalante. So like on all good road trips, you stay flexible, make the best of what comes your way, and go for it and that is exactly what we did. 0 3,875 MILE/12 DAY ~ 4 CORNERS ROAD TRIP OVERVIEW 0 At the start of year 2011, I made tentative plans to take a two week solo “road trip” through the Four Corners area (The Colorado Plateau), during the last half of March. Then, if my wife could get the time needed off from her part time job, I also planned a “road trip” vacation to the Southwest, in April with her. When I put the plan together for the March trip, I decided to see if an old friend of mine, Ed (Flickr’s: OldWrangler), might be interested in joining me. I volunteered to take my old four wheel drive pickup truck and split the gasoline expense with him. We would each get an inexpensive motel room on the road to serve as “base camps” to hike, photograph, and explore back roads in the Four Corners area. Not only did Ed accept but he also proposed that we take his brand
Britain's rivers deserve to be better known. Teeming with wildlife, steeped in history, sporting bridges, docks and stunning architecture, not to mention supporting riverside pubs, waterways museums and a variety of places of interest, they are the country's essential arteries, connecting inland Britain with the sea.
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