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Introduction The Living Waters of Texas

Ken W Kramer Texas A&M University Press ePub

Ken Kramer

THE power of water. As I craft these words of introduction to The Living Waters of Texas, I am actually far away from the Lone Star State—on vacation enjoying the natural beauty of Jasper and Banff national parks in the Canadian Rockies, a land defined in many ways by the sheer physical power of water. Impressive glaciers, raging waterfalls, clear mountain streams, and beautiful lakes exist throughout this incredible land. To see how the glaciers have shaped the terrain and how roaring rivers have carved their way through the land, moving immense boulders along the way, produces a sense of awe at the amazing power of nature and the water features that are often its agents of change.

Water also has the power to give and sustain life—for fish and wildlife, for the organisms on which they feed, for plants, and for humans. Indeed the life of our planet could not exist without water.

Water has a power for human beings, however, that goes far beyond its physical force and its life-sustaining qualities. Water has the power to fascinate us, to excite and entertain us, to inflame our passions, and to inspire us to action. For many of us, myself included, there is no more intriguing topic than water. Indeed our efforts to describe it, manage it, protect it, enjoy it, and celebrate it have often defined our very lives.

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1 THE BEST OF TOKYO, KYOTO & WESTERN HONSHU

Beth Reiber FrommerMedia ePub

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THE BEST OF TOKYO, KYOTO & WESTERN HONSHU

Japan is a stunning travel experience, a nation modern and dynamic and yet historic and deeply cultural. It fascinates every kind of visitor, from digital engineers to theater buffs engrossed in kabuki, from naturalists enchanted by the country’s awesome mountain scenery to lovers of sushi and sashimi, or Japanese gardens and hot-spring spas. And it provides the greatest number of its rewards on its largest and most heavily populated island, Honshu, whose western half includes Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and many other captivating and trend-setting towns. In this book, I supplement descriptions of Tokyo and Kyoto with other highlights of western Honshu. And to begin our journey, I’ve compiled a list of what I consider the best Japan has to offer, based on years of traveling through the country. From the weird to the wonderful, the profound to the profane, the obvious to the obscure, these recommendations should fire your imagination and launch you toward discoveries of your own.

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1 THE BEST OF GERMANY

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

Narrow lanes lace Bremen’s Schnoor district.

The word is out and maybe you’ve heard it: Germany is one of Europe’s great travel destinations. Every year, ever more visitors from around the globe are discovering the pleasures of Germany’s cities, towns, and countryside. Tourist numbers have risen steadily in the last quarter-century, and show no sign of slowing down.

Germany’s appeal is no great mystery. Moody forests, jagged Alpine peaks, and miles of neatly tended vineyards are not just scenic, but also the stuff of legend, places that have inspired fairy tales and where much of Western history has been played out. The Germans more than anyone appreciate the soothing tonic of a hike in the Black Forest or a stroll on North Sea dunes; even seeing these storied lands from a train window can be good for the soul. As for food—well, don’t write off the cuisine as just heaping plates of wurst and sauerkraut and schnitzel with noodles. One of the pleasures of traveling in Germany is discovering the subtle differences in regional cuisines, and beyond that, there are the culinary envelope-pushers of Germany’s raft of award-winning restaurants, plus a delicious patchwork of ethnic flavors imported through Germany’s tolerant immigration policies. You can dine out on the traditions of a vast WHAT.

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6 THE DEAD SEA & MASADA

Anthony Grant FrommerMedia ePub

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The Dead Sea & Masada

Israel has many dramatic sights. But these two—one an unparalleled natural wonder, the other the site of extraordinary courage and tragedy—may well top the list. And happily, they can be seen in easy day trips from Jerusalem, either separately or in tandem.

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea, so dense with salt and other minerals that it’s impossible to sink, is the lowest point by far on the face of the earth. It’s also the most otherworldly body of water on the planet.

The southern part of the Dead Sea, where travelers like to experience the floating sensation, can have a metallic sheen in soft daylight, while in noon sunlight, it can be sky blue with miragelike white “saltbergs” floating on its surface. The northern coast (along Hwy. 1) is rugged and beautiful. At Ein Gedi and the spa hotel strip at Ein Bokek, the water is the most dense and helpful for skin diseases such as psoriasis. These were Cleopatra’s favorite waters for her beauty needs, and today the water and the mud are said to be cleansing for the skin and scalp, improving skin texture and even smoothing wrinkles.

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Olympia

Michelin Michelin ePub

Woodland Park Zoo aaa

Phinney Ave. N. t 206-684-4800. www.zoo.org. Open May–Sept daily 9:30am–6pm. Rest of the year daily 9:30am–4pm. $17.75, $11.75 children.

Covering 92 acres, this world-class zoo is highly acclaimed for its conservation ethic (the zoo is home to 35 endangered species) and naturalistic habitats. It offers dynamic glimpses of 1,100 animals engaged in natural behavior: grizzly bears fish for trout in a stream on the Northern Trail, orangutans shimmy up trees in Trail of Vines, zebras dash about in African Savanna, and jaguars peer warily from behind a kapok tree in Jaguar Cove.

Pacific Science Centeraa

200 Second Ave. N. t 206-443-2001. www.pacificsciencecenter.org. Open year-round Mon–Fri 9:45am–5pm (til 6pm Sat–Sun). Closed Tue Sept–May. $16, $11 children (ages 6-15).

Pacific Science Center
©John Keatley/Pacific Science Center

Grizzly bear, Woodland Park Zoo
©Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo

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