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Bahamas Map

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

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Cairns & the Daintree Rainforest

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Cairns means R & R – the Reef and Rainforest. Together, they make this far-flung city an East Coast essential. Endless bus- and boatloads of eager beavers shuttle between Cairns and these World Heritage wonders, although upmarket Port Douglas is closer to the outer Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Sultry, carefree Cairns swings between backpacker samsara and family fun-land. Head to Palm Cove or Port Douglas for upscale retreats. Inland, lush Atherton Tableland's cooler climes, lakes and waterfalls offer welcome relief from Cairns' humidity and crowds.

Highways hug scenic sections of the shoreline to Port Douglas, before meeting the mighty Daintree River's vehicular ferry. From here, the protected rainforest stretches up to Cape Tribulation, tumbling onto seductive white-sand beaches where hidden perils – marine stingers (October to May) and saltwater crocodiles (year-round) – should be taken seriously.

True-blue adventure-seekers head onwards to Cooktown on the 4WD-only Bloomfield Track.

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Southern Belize

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Southern Belize is the country's most absorbing cultural melting pot, with a strong Garifuna influence around Dangriga and Hopkins, and Belize's largest Maya population down in Toledo. Nature is rich here too, where open savannah and citrus-filled farmland give way to forested hills dotted with Maya villages and ruins.

Adventurers will find no shortage of opportunities to get off the beaten path in Toledo's jungles. Trekkers with deep pockets can choose from a number of five-star jungle lodges tucked away in remote corners, or you could stay at local guesthouses in the small villages and communities of the Deep South.

Then there's the beaches of villagey Hopkins and chilled-out Placencia, with opportunities for diving, fishing and slacking. The south also has an alluring string of offshore cays all boasting stunning coral reefs, where snorkeling, boating and diving enthusiasts can experience Belize's nautical wonders while avoiding the crowds (and the significantly higher price tags) of the Northern Cayes.

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Auckland

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Paris may be the city of love, but Auckland is the city of many lovers, according to its Māori name, Tāmaki Makaurau. Those lovers so desired this place that they fought over it for centuries.

It’s hard to imagine a more geographically blessed city. Its two harbours frame a narrow isthmus punctuated by volcanic cones and surrounded by fertile farmland. From any of its numerous vantage points you’ll be surprised how close the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean come to kissing and forming a new island.

Whether it’s the ruggedly beautiful west-coast surf beaches, or the glistening Hauraki Gulf with its myriad islands, the water's never far away. And within an hour’s drive from the city's high-rise heart, there are dense tracts of rainforest, thermal springs, wineries and wildlife reserves. No wonder Auckland is regularly rated one of the world's top cities for quality of life and liveability.

AAuckland has a mild climate, with the occasional chilly frost in winter and high humidity in summer.

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Area Map of Neches River

Geraldine Ellis Watson University of North Texas Press PDF
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Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado

Fred Dow Moon Canyon Publishing PDF

Grand Mesa National Forest

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Grand Mesa National Forest

Colorado

The Grand Mesa National Forest is comprised of 346,219 acres and is located in western Colorado.

There are 13 developed campgrounds of which 12 meet the selection criteria.

To reach the Grand Mesa National Forest, one must climb nearly 6000 feet to its lofty heights.

Located on top of the world's largest flat-top mountain, the Forest is a wondrous place to behold.

The Grand Mesa National Forest is full of crystal blue lakes, diverse wildlife, hiker-friendly trails, and spacious campgrounds in the cool shade of mature woods.

Geologically, Grand Mesa National Forest is actually a mountain capped with as many as 25 different lava flows. Today, the massive lava flows, some as deep as 600 feet, can be seen in the talus field along the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, State Route 65. The lava has protected the softer soil below from the erosion of rain and ice for 10 million years. So, although the glaciers of the long ago Wisconsin Ice Age carved such nearby sights as the Powderhorn, the Grand Mesa continues to tower over the valleys below.

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Druids, Celts, and Blacksmiths

Ron Tatum University of North Texas Press ePub

Druids, Celts, and
Blacksmiths

I’ve been a student and professor of Celtic culture and Welsh language and literature, even longer than I’ve been a horseshoer, and have always been interested in the status of the farrier/blacksmith in druidical societies in medieval times. Back then, one person did all the jobs we now associate with blacksmiths, farriers, and horseshoers. Today, a blacksmith primarily works with metal, and a farrier primarily works with horses’ feet. Horseshoer is just another more common name for farrier, although about half the time I tell someone I’m a horseshoer, they think I make my living playing horseshoes. “Farrier,” from the Latin ferrum for “iron,” isn’t much better, since few people have any idea what the word means. It does raise a few eyebrows, however. In this section, I use the terms blacksmith, farrier, and horseshoer to mean the same person.

According to the sources I’ve studied, the blacksmith’s position in the ancient tribes was equal to that of the doctor, just below that of the Druid, who was a rung below but occasionally equal to the king. The talents of the blacksmith in ancient Welsh and Irish societies were used to forge the weapons, armor, and general armaments for defending a kingdom or attacking other kingdoms; additionally, the blacksmith was responsible for the horses and war chariots. But beyond these fundamentals, there remained a mystique about the blacksmith, the man who could manipulate and persuade the strongest of all materials, iron, into the service of the people.

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8. The O in the No

Paula Young Lee Travelers' Tales ePub

Chapter Eight

The O in the No

The cat that cannot reach the meat says it stinks.

Persian proverb.

Seven A.M. Sunday. There is no hunting today, so John is sitting morosely at his breakfast, eating French toast made with warm eggs just laid by the hens. I swear the chickens looked proud of themselves when I went to the henhouse this morning. Some days, they are too busy bickering to notice me hovering by the door in my pajamas and boots. Other times, they press forward, expecting me to give them nice tasty worms. Today, they practically stuck a name tag on each shell so Id know which hen laid which egg. By the time I trundled back to the human house, John was sitting at table, waiting for his breakfast, and reading Uncle Henrys because I hide Guns & Ammo on church day. Uncle Henrys has a Firearms section that he checks religiously. He also looks for snowmobiles, ATVs, and tractors.

His mother wanders in the kitchen, looking for coffee.

Hey Mum, he calls without preamble. You want a peacock?

No, she says flatly.

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Chapter 3 - The Simmons Years (1930–1935)

Mitchel P. Roth University of North Texas Press ePub

“Here it is; it's yours; do the best you can.”

—Texas Prison Board to Lee Simmons, 1930

As God-fearing a town as there was, Huntsville, Texas, in 1930 had churches to spare. What might have seemed like heresy to Sunday churchgoers, for recently minted Texas Prison General Manager Marshall Lee Simmons, the proposition of creating a prison rodeo, the very first of its kind, seemed like an opportunity, a tonic of sorts, for the hard times just beginning, as the country slid further into the Great Depression. Appointed prison General Manager by the Texas Prison Board in 1930, Simmons seemed a well-qualified choice, having been a Texas Prison Board member since 1927. Taking over what he thought was the hardest job in Texas, Simmons was told, “Here it is; it's yours. Do the best you can with it.”1

Simmons took over officially on April 12, 1930, with the stated intentions to look after the health, education, general welfare, and rehabilitation of inmates, preparing them for useful trades on release. During his first year he made some attempts to improve the prison's brutal conditions, such as reducing the use of solitary confinement at the Walls unit. But for the most part, Simmons never really embraced the reformatory mission, labeling prisoner welfare plans as “not practical.”2 Indeed, throughout his reign he allowed “nonprogressive practices such as corporal punishment and commercial agriculture to overshadow progressive prisoners’ welfare and rehabilitation practices in the Texas Prison System.”3 While Simmons may not have had many supporters in the ranks of the state's prison reformers, he remained popular with farm managers for restoring their dominion over their charges. He rarely intervened as farm managers and wardens continued to mete out many of the traditional physical punishments to their prisoners. Likewise, Simmons was prone to reach readily for “the bat,” which he claimed worked like “spurs on an old horse.”4 And if there was any doubt that change came slowly to the prison farms, prisoners still ran the five miles back and forth to the fields, working as long as 15 hours per day during harvest season. As one prison historian put it, Simmons “Thought more of making crops grow and improvements he could show off than he did suppressing convict abuse.5

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9. Glory

Abraham Aamidor Indiana University Press ePub

Chuck Taylor, then in his sixty-eighth year, received many telegrams, congratulatory letters, and goodwill calls when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1969. The letters and cards and telegrams were piled high on a circular table in the breakfast nook inside his Port Charlotte, Florida home. He could puff on the sweet-smelling tobacco in his briar pipe—he smoked that pipe all the time in his later years—or he might dip a small spoon into his favorite lemon ice cream and savor the fruits of his labors that had made his name famous all over the land.

One letter stood out. Chuck must have leaned forward on his elbows when he saw the postmark—it was from Terre Haute, Indiana—and a satisfied smile likely swept over his face as he unfolded the letter and read its contents. All the other correspondence from coaches and fans and businessmen were predictable, even “canned” accolades, but this piece of mail that he held firmly between his fingers was different. This was a tunnel back to his early career, a reminder to Chuck that he was so much more than a salesman or even an icon or just another retiree set out to pasture on a Florida golf course.

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Ü དབུས་

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Ü is Tibet’s heartland and has almost all the landscapes you’ll find across the plateau, from sand dunes and meandering rivers to soaring peaks and juniper forests. Due to its proximity to Lhasa, Ü is the first taste of rural Tibet that most visitors experience, and fine walking opportunities abound, from day hikes and monastery koras to overnight treks.

Ü is also the traditional power centre of Tibet, and home to its oldest buildings and most historic monasteries. The big sights, such as Samye, are unmissable but consider also heading off the beaten path to places like the Drak and Ön Valleys, or to smaller monasteries like Dranang and Gongkar Chöde. Make it to these hidden gems and you’ll feel like you have Tibet all to yourself.

ANam-tso gets very busy in July and August so consider visiting in late April or May. The lake remains frozen from November until May.

APilgrims converge on Tsurphu in May/June to take part in a festival of cham dancing, the unfurling of a huge thangka and epic bouts of Tibetan-style drinking games.

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FLOODS

Geraldine Ellis Watson University of North Texas Press PDF

Introduction

with Village Creek where it reaches sea level, it is depositing. However, there is a section between John’s Lake and Evadale where the stream has cut a new course and the channel is narrow and the water swift. There are always exceptions to the rule.

FLOODS

Floods come in predictable cycles. There are annual floods of normal height and coverage. The 10-year flood level is higher than the annual floods, 25year flood still higher, but the 100-year flood is talked about for generations.

Terrace levels that are not inundated any other time are under water then.

There are probably 500, 1,000, and even 5,000-year flood cycles of which there are no records. The flood of Noah’s day could have been a 5,000-year flood. All cultures have tribal memories and legends of such a flood so there must be some truth in it.

The normal and natural flood cycles in America, however, have been greatly influenced by the activities of European man. Beavers once dammed every streamlet, holding back runoff in thousands of small reservoirs. The prairies were covered with dense grasses where deep mats of roots held the soil in place and formed a cushion against beating rains and acted as a sponge to hold water. Forests with their deep roots and thick mulch also prevented erosion and sudden runoff of rainwater. After the vegetation used what moisture it needed for growth, the excess was gradually released as springs on downhill slopes.

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The Lore of Wild Hog Hunting in Texas

Edited by Kenneth L. Untiedt University of North Texas Press PDF

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THE LORE OF WILD HOG

HUNTING IN WEST TEXAS by Kenneth W. Davis

In many parts of West Texas on Friday and Saturday nights when there are neither football nor basketball games, chronological or psychological adolescents and others—male and female, from ages about fourteen through sixty or way beyond—delight in roaring around farm and ranch lands after dusk in high-powered all-wheel drive vehicles—mostly pickups equipped with strong spot lights.

These vigorous people are armed with 30.06s and similar weapons.

In a single four-wheel-drive pickup there is usually enough ammunition to quell a moderate-sized insurrection or flying saucer invasion. The presence of intrepid hunters is welcomed by owners of the land over which these Nimrods ramble frantically in search of what is considered a dangerous creature found almost everywhere in Texas: the wild hog. These hogs are a nuisance, a pestilence, threats to man and beast, and, of course, they smell bad, have ticks, and are ugly. In most species the very young are at least somewhat cute. Not so with wild hogs I have seen up close in West Texas.

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Bay of Islands & Northland

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

For many New Zealanders, the phrase ‘up north’ conjures up sepia-toned images of family fun in the sun, pohutukawa in bloom and dolphins frolicking in pretty bays. From school playgrounds to work cafeterias, owning a bach (holiday house) ‘up north’ is a passport to popularity.

Beaches are the main drawcard and they’re here in profusion. Visitors from more crowded countries are flummoxed to wander onto beaches without a scrap of development or another human being in sight. The west coast shelters the most spectacular remnants of the ancient kauri forests that once blanketed the top of the country; the remaining giant trees are an awe-inspiring sight and one of the nation’s treasures.

It’s not just natural attractions that are on offer: history hangs heavily here. The site of the earliest settlements of both Māori and Europeans, Northland is unquestionably the birthplace of the nation.

ANorthland's beaches go crazy at New Year and remain busy throughout the January school holidays, with the long, lazy days of summer usually continuing into February and March.

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Dad

Ron Tatum University of North Texas Press ePub

Dad

I’m sitting here with my Dad in the California convalescent hospital where he is spending the last days of his life. This is the man who had been a college All-American and professional football hero, was an Olympic-class track man, and had been the sparring partner for Freddy Steele, the middleweight boxing champion of the world. This is the dynamic, strong-minded giant who dominated my early years and who, in some ways, still does. Now he sits in a wheelchair, hooked up to a feeding tube inserted in a hole they cut in his stomach because he can’t swallow. He makes choking noises. He’s not wearing his teeth because they hurt, and his mouth is shriveled up into what you might expect on the face of a 91-year-old man.

It takes enormous effort for him to move any part of his body, and he clutches a rolled-up towel they put in each of his immobile hands. I have no idea why. They’ve put one of his old baseball caps on his head, probably to make him look more like a human being, but it’s on crooked and I feel stupid trying to straighten it out. Will that make him look more alive? It looks ridiculous.

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