Paddling the Guadalupe

Author: Wayne H. McAlister

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781603440219

Category: Nature

Page: 335

View: 6891

The author introduces readers to the places, people, plants, and animals along the the Guadalupe River that runs from Kerr County, Texas to San Antonio Bay on the Gulf of Mexico.

Blanco River Pocket Guide

Author: David Ellzey

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781541354647

Category:

Page: 120

View: 6485

Whether you are looking to take a multi-day paddling excursion or just go out for an afternoon splashing with the kids, the Blanco River Pocket Guide has all the detailed information you need. It's designed with a full-color visual layout that allows you to meticulously plan out your trip, aid you with navigation and track your progress down the river. "A must-have guide! It really opens up a river that everyone thought had little or no access."-Chris Johnson, fly fishing guide and owner of Living Waters Fly Fishing "I grew up paddling the Texas Hill Country rivers, and this guide has already opened my eyes to the areas that I never knew existed."-Thomas Flemons, owner of Diablo Kayaks

Paddling Texas

A Guide to the State's Best Paddling Routes

Author: Shane Townsend

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493016350

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 7865

From the canyons of Big Bend to the cypress swamps of Pine Island Bayou, the waters of Texas have something for most every type of paddler and every paddling mood. One might float the diminutive Comal River, argued to be the shortest river in the world. Another might dig deep and follow the four-day, 260-mile route of the Texas Water Safari, which Canoe & Kayak Magazine referred to as “The World’s Toughest Canoe Race.” Whitewater is here too. Lakes are as well. And, the Texas Gulf Coast is home to sandy beaches, knobby mangroves, and sea grass flats. Meanwhile, Texas is home to some of the fastest growing cities in America. And, paddling is the fastest growing outdoor sport in the country. “Paddling Texas” is a guide for those who are new to either and all those who love both. Featured trips offer easy access, secure environments, good facilities, great fishing, superb wildlife viewing, and beautiful scenery. “Paddling Texas” gives recreational paddlers and anglers all the information they’ll need to paddle many of the best trips in Texas.

The Poisonwood Bible

Author: Barbara Kingsolver

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571246214

Category: Fiction

Page: 640

View: 1561

Barbara Kingsolver's acclaimed international bestseller tells the story of an American missionary family in the Congo during a poignant chapter in African history. It spins the tale of the fierce evangelical Baptist, Nathan Price, who takes his wife and four daughters on a missionary journey into the heart of darkness of the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them to Africa all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to the King James Bible - is calamitously transformed on African soil. Told from the perspective of the five women, this is a compelling exploration of African history, religion, family, and the many paths to redemption. The Poisonwood Bible was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 and was chosen as the best reading group novel ever at the Penguin/Orange Awards. It continues to be read and adored by millions worldwide.

San Marcos River Pocket Guide

Author: David Ellzey,Kelly Ellzey

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781542816977

Category:

Page: 102

View: 5609

The San Marcos River Pocket Guide has all the detailed information you need in a full-color, visual layout to help you plan your next trip, aid you with navigation and track your progress down the river. The San Marcos River is popular with the summer crowds looking to escape and relax in the cool, clear water that flows out of Spring Lake. Those seeking to play can paddle down the river's series of exciting rapids. Downriver, its swift water twists through stretches that are jammed with logs and can challenge even the hardened competitors of the annual Texas Water Safari. Others come for a peaceful afternoon on the Luling Paddle Trail or to try their luck on one of Texas' best fishing rivers. From the city of San Marcos all the way to Gonzales, this river has something for everyone. Includes 85.7 miles of the San Marcos River and 4.7 miles of the Guadalupe River. Easy-to-use shuttle matrix for planning your next trip. 30 extensively detailed river maps. Information on 33 public access points.

Muck City

Winning and Losing in Football's Forgotten Town

Author: Bryan Mealer

Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)

ISBN: 0307888630

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

View: 9366

Traces the intertwined stories of an orphaned quarterback, a celebrated football coach and an aspiring medical student whose prospects were collectively shaped by the formidable challenges, shameful history and football enthusiasm of their hometown in the Florida Everglades. 30,000 first printing.

The Blanco River

Author: Wes Ferguson

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1623495113

Category: Nature

Page: 184

View: 984

For eighty-seven miles, the swift and shallow Blanco River winds through the Texas Hill Country. Its water is clear and green, darkened by frequent pools. Wes Ferguson and Jacob Botter have paddled, walked, and waded the Blanco. They have explored its history, people, wildlife, and the natural beauty that surprises everyone who experiences this river. Described as “the defining element in some of the Hill Country’s most beautiful scenery,” the Blanco flows both above and below ground, part of a network of rivers and aquifers that sustains the region’s wildlife and millions of humans alike. However, overpumping and prolonged drought have combined to weaken the Blanco’s flow and sustenance, and in 2000—for the first time in recorded history—the river’s most significant feeder spring, Jacob’s Well, briefly ceased to flow. It stopped again in 2008. Then, in the spring of 2015, a devastating flood killed twelve people and toppled the huge cypress trees along its banks, altering not just the look of the river, but the communities that had come to depend on its serene presence. River travelers Ferguson and Botter tell the remarkable story of this changeable river, confronting challenges and dangers as well as rare opportunities to see parts of the river few have seen. The authors also photographed and recorded the human response to the destruction of a beloved natural resource that has become yet another episode in the story of water in Texas. To learn more about The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, sponsors of this book's series, please click here.

Triage

A Novel

Author: Scott Anderson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684856530

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 7084

A powerful debut novel tells of a wartime photographer who plays an unfortunate role in the disappearance of a friend and colleague as they cover a third-world conflict together and his subsequent struggle to cope with his feelings guilt and grief upon returning to New York. Reprint.

Riding the Iron Rooster

By Train Through China

Author: Paul Theroux

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547526997

Category: Travel

Page: 480

View: 8726

Paul Theroux, the author of the train travel classics The Great Railway Bazaar and The Old Patagonian Express, takes to the rails once again in this account of his epic journey through China. He hops aboard as part of a tour group in London and sets out for China's border. He then spends a year traversing the country, where he pieces together a fascinating snapshot of a unique moment in history. From the barren deserts of Xinjiang to the ice forests of Manchuria, from the dense metropolises of Shanghai, Beijing, and Canton to the dry hills of Tibet, Theroux offers an unforgettable portrait of a magnificent land and an extraordinary people.

The Underground History of American Education

A Schoolteacher's Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling

Author: John Taylor Gatto

Publisher: Odysseus Group

ISBN: 9780945700043

Category: Education

Page: 412

View: 9118

The underground history of the American education will take you on a journey into the background, philosophy, psychology, politics, and purposes of compulsion schooling.

Windfall

The Booming Business of Global Warming

Author: McKenzie Funk

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 0143126598

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 310

View: 5508

An award-winning journalist shares the stories of entrepreneurs who are realizing marketing opportunities associated with global warming, from Israeli artificial snow-makers and private firefighters in California to fund managers backing Sudanese warlords and the Dutch architects of floating cities.

The Transatlantic Sixties

Europe and the United States in the Counterculture Decade

Author: Grzegorz Kosc,Clara Juncker,Sharon Monteith,Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839422167

Category: History

Page: 322

View: 6373

This collection brings together new and original critical essays by eleven established European American Studies scholars to explore the 1960s from a transatlantic perspective. Intended for an academic audience interested in globalized American studies, it examines topics ranging from the impact of the American civil rights movement in Germany, France and Wales, through the transatlantic dimensions of feminism and the counterculture movement. It explores, for example, the vicissitudes of Europe's status in US foreign relations, European documentaries about the Vietnam War, transatlantic trends in literature and culture, and the significance of collective and cultural memory of the era.

The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing

Author: Kirk Deeter,Charlie Meyers

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1626368716

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 2267

Two highly respected outdoor journalists, Kirk Deeter of Field & Stream and Charlie Meyers of the Denver Post, have cracked open their notebooks and shared straight-shot advice on the sport of fly fishing, based on a range of new and old experiences—from interviews with the late Lee Wulff to travels with maverick guides in Tierra del Fuego. The mission of The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing is to demystify and un-complicate the tricks and tips that make a great trout fisher. There are no complicated physics lessons here. Rather, conceived in the “take dead aim” spirit of Harvey Penick’s classic instructional on golf, The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing offers a simple, digestible primer on the basic elements of fly fishing: the cast, presentation, reading water, and selecting flies. In the end, this collection of 240 tips is one of the most insightful, plainly spoken, and entertaining works on this sport—one that will serve both novices and experts alike in helping them reflect and hone in their approaches to fly fishing.

Food Webs

Integration of Patterns & Dynamics

Author: Gary A. Polis,Kirk O. Winemiller

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461570077

Category: Science

Page: 472

View: 6452

Reflecting the recent surge of activity in food web research fueled by new empirical data, this authoritative volume successfully spans and integrates the areas of theory, basic empirical research, applications, and resource problems. Written by recognized leaders from various branches of ecological research, this work provides an in-depth treatment of the most recent advances in the field and examines the complexity and variability of food webs through reviews, new research, and syntheses of the major issues in food web research. Food Webs features material on the role of nutrients, detritus and microbes in food webs, indirect effects in food webs, the interaction of productivity and consumption, linking cause and effect in food webs, temporal and spatial scales of food web dynamics, applications of food webs to pest management, fisheries, and ecosystem stress. Three comprehensive chapters synthesize important information on the role of indirect effects, productivity and consumer regulation, and temporal, spatial and life history influences on food webs. In addition, numerous tables, figures, and mathematical equations found nowhere else in related literature are presented in this outstanding work. Food Webs offers researchers and graduate students in various branches of ecology an extensive examination of the subject. Ecologists interested in food webs or community ecology will also find this book an invaluable tool for understanding the current state of knowledge of food web research.

Jane Dolinger

The Adventurous Life of an American Travel Writer

Author: L. Abbott

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230111831

Category: Social Science

Page: 276

View: 3801

For almost forty years, Jane Dolinger traveled the world and wrote about her adventures, from the Amazon jungle to the sands of the Sahara. She produced eight books and more than a thousand articles between 1955 and 1995, and she also earned a reputation as a glamorous celebrity and model. Jane Dolinger was an anomaly in her time, a dynamic and attractive woman with an impressive literary talent, a woman who lived and documented a most unconventional and inspirational life. Sometimes controversial but always outstanding, Jane was a pioneer among women and writers. Here for the first time, her life and work are studied in a thoroughly researched yet entertaining literary biography.

Kayaking the Texas Coast

Author: John Whorff

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603442251

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 152

View: 1934

“Few experiences compare with navigating a sea kayak through a large sandy bay lined with oyster-shell beaches, past golden sand dunes into rough ocean waters, then surfing back onto a wind-swept beach at sunset.”—from the Introduction Half of the nearly 400-mile Texas coastline is flanked by barrier islands. Behind them, large and small bays shelter estuarine marshes, oyster-reef communities, and sea grass meadows that teem with wildlife, creating a bird watcher's and angler's paradise. For an intimate encounter with these natural treasures, no other water craft can compare to a kayak. Veteran kayaker John Whorff’s Kayaking the Texas Coast is an essential guide for beginning and experienced kayakers to the many miles of shoreline that surround the shallow bays, lagoons, and islands of the Texas coast. Novices will appreciate this book’s detailed information about where to paddle and camp, what to see, and where to obtain additional information about safety and route planning. Accomplished kayakers will enjoy Whorff’s enticing route descriptions and other pertinent details on paddling the Texas coastline. Opening with an extended introductory text that covers kayaks and equipment, safety considerations and emergencies, camping dos and don’ts, and helpful resources, Kayaking the Texas Coast also lists useful websites and guidebooks. In the main portion of the text, the coast is organized into ten destinations, from the Galveston Bay complex in the north to Boca Chica State Park in the south. For each of these destinations, Whorff provides information on navigational aids, planning considerations, accommodations, and directions to launch sites before describing various paddling routes within each destination—around seventy routes in all. Each route is ranked for difficulty as “beginner,” “intermediate,” or “advanced.” Detailed maps and vivid photographs by the author complete the package. "Kayaking the Texas Coast is your must-have guidebook to the coastline and bays of the Lone Star State. Many miles of sea kayaking adventure are described, along with maps and discussion of the natural world encountered along the way. My copy will be riding in car and kayak with me. I look forward to seeing with my own eyes what the author has described and mapped."-- Natalie Wiest, founder and director, Galveston Bay Information

Canoeing and Kayaking Houston Waterways

Author: Natalie H. Wiest

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603447644

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 184

View: 3012

Within about seventy-five miles of downtown Houston, some 1,500 miles of rivers, creeks, lakes, bayous, and bays await discovery. Canoeing and Kayaking Houston Waterways, by longtime paddler Natalie Wiest, is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to experience Houston’s well-watered landscape from the seat of a kayak or canoe. Before introducing readers to the quiet, green world that lies within and around the heart of the city, Wiest gives some pointers on water safety (including swimming and boating); on weather, flood stages, and legal access; and on an often unseen but always present paddling companion—alligators. She also provides a gear checklist for a day trip, a brief guide to boats and paddles, and a “sampler” list of easy places to paddle for true beginners. Presented in nine chapters, each organized around a river system or coastal basin and comprising a “suite” of paddling trips, the excursions described by Wiest offer a general description of the destination, directions (both driving and paddling), and details about the paddling conditions and access sites, which are all publicly owned or managed. Each chapter lists mileages, USGS gauging station numbers, and GIS locations when applicable. Also including ninety color photos and more than thirty detailed maps, Canoeing and Kayaking Houston Waterways offers both novice and experienced paddlers a helpful and enjoyable reference for experiencing nature at water level, in and around Houston. To learn more about The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, sponsors of this book's series, please click here.

Fort Union and the frontier army in the Southwest

Author: Leo E. Oliva,Southwest Cultural Resources Center. Division of History

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 790

View: 1343

Children of Yesterday

The 24th Infantry Division in the Philippines

Author: Jan Valtin,Steve W. Chadde

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781497454538

Category: History

Page: 354

View: 5949

Children of Yesterday: The 24th Infantry Division in the Philippines, authored by Jan Valtin (the pseudonym of Richard Krebs) and published in 1946, is an anecdotal history of the U.S. Army's 24th Infantry Division during its deployment to the Philippines in 1944–45. The Division took part in fierce fighting on Mindanao, Leyte, Mindoro, Luzon, and Corregidor. Children of Yesterday portrays the horrors of the often close-quarters combat in graphic detail, while also accurately portraying the bravery and comraderie of American troops, and remains one of the best accounts of the war in the Pacific from the perspective of the front-line infantryman.