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Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub
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Rotorua & the Bay of Plenty

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Captain Cook christened the Bay of Plenty when he cruised past in 1769, and plentiful it remains. Blessed with sunshine and sand, the bay stretches from Waihi Beach in the west to Opotiki in the east, with the holiday hubs of Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and Whakatane in between.

Offshore from Whakatane is New Zealand’s most active volcano, Whakaari (White Island). Volcanic activity defines this region, and nowhere is this subterranean spectacle more obvious than in Rotorua. Here the daily business of life goes on among steaming hot springs, explosive geysers, bubbling mud pools and the billows of sulphurous gas responsible for the town’s ‘unique’ eggy smell.

Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty are also strongholds of Māori tradition, presenting numerous opportunities to engage with NZ's rich indigenous culture: check out a power-packed concert performance, chow down at a hangi (Māori feast) or skill-up with some Māori arts-and-crafts techniques.

AThe Bay of Plenty is one of NZ's sunniest regions: Whakatane records a brilliant 2350 average hours of sunshine per year! In summer (December to February) maximums hover between 20°C and 27°C. Everyone else is here, too, but the holiday vibe is heady.

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Deer Leaves

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



8:15 AM

Page 99


I’m not sure of the first time I went to the deer lease; probably it was in 1970, when I turned nine years old. It seemed that it was just always there. Early on, I called it “deer leaves” because that’s what I thought the grown-ups were saying.

I remember waking up one morning after Dad’s return from the hunt to find a deer hanging from a tree in the front yard of our home in Garland. Back then, the neighborhood butcher shop would process the kill for us, but later medical concerns over crosscontamination of retail meat market equipment led to a law prohibiting the practice. After that, we did our own butchering, and we always had backstraps to chicken-fry and plenty of meat to barbecue, though we never mastered sausage making.

Besides being a great place to hunt, the lease was an easy, twohour drive from home. Dad worked nights, so we could leave after school on Friday and still have some daylight left when we got there. In those days, I thought more about landmarks along the highway than of time and distance. Shortly after leaving Garland we would pass Big Town, where we’d sometimes see Santa arrive by helicopter for a pre-Christmas visit. Then we’d drive into downtown Dallas, which would disappear as the roadway dipped into the “canyon” and the only tunnel I knew existed.

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Chapter 2 - A Cowboy's a Man with Guts and a Hoss

Mitchel P. Roth University of North Texas Press ePub

“People don't want to see a rodeo cowboy die, but they want to be there when he does.”

—Rodeo rider Jim Shoulders2

THE cowboy is arguably the most indelible and enduring image of the American West (if not the entire country). He emerged as a Western frontier hero in the nineteenth century and American popular culture has feasted on his image ever since, transforming what one folklorist called “the adventuresome horseman of the frontier into a national symbol of radical individualism.”3 Most authorities have traced the origins of the term “cowboy” back to around 1725. By the American Revolution the term cowboy had attained a more derogatory connotation, when it was used to refer to Tory guerrillas who jingled cowbells in order to lure “patriotic Americans into the brush” as an ambush strategy.4 By 1847, Mirabeau Lamar, the second president of the Republic of Texas, noted in his papers that “Anglo ‘Cow-Boys’ were marauders, thieves who had rounded up cattle between the Nueces and Colorado.”5 And still another Texas writer noted that the border “'cow driver’ was often a robber and at times a murderer.”6

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Ultimate Outback

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

'Outback' means different things to different people and in different parts of Australia − deserts, tropical savannah, wetlands... But what's consistent is the idea that it's far from the comforts of home. The outback is 'beyond the black stump' and holds many surprises.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is the undisputed highlight of Central Australia. There's not much that hasn't been said about Uluru, and not many parts of it that haven't been explored, photographed and documented. Still, nothing can prepare you for its almighty bulk, spiritual stories, remarkable textures and camera-worthy colours.

The tallest dome of Kata Tjuta is taller than Uluru (546m versus 348m), and some say exploring these 36 mounded monoliths is a more intimate, moving experience. Trails weave in amongst the red rocks, leading to pockets of silent beauty and spiritual gravitas.

In Watarrka National Park, about 300km north of Uluru by road, Kings Canyon is the inverse of Uluru − as if someone had grabbed the big rock and pushed it into the desert sand. Here, 270m-high cliffs drop away to a palm-lined valley floor, home to 600 plant species and delighted-to-be-here native animals. The 6km canyon rim walk is four hours well spent.

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Chapter 2

Bean, Leon Leonwood Down East Books ePub

Chapter 2

Deer Hunting on Snow

Strike out, taking your easy walking gait, until you hit a fresh track. Walk right along on it until it begins to zig-zag, then you must stop, look and listen. Mr. Deer is looking for a place to lie down. Now start hunting in earnest. Walk slowly and always be in a position to shoot. See that there is no snow in your sights or in your gun barrel.

The white spot on this deer indicates the best place for your first shot.

If you get a standing shot, take a very careful aim at the fore shoulder if possible.

Should you suddenly come on to running tracks you can walk as fast as you like until deer starts walking again. Then slow down and watch for zig-zag tracks. Always keep a sharp lookout on both sides of tracks as occasionally other deer come in from the side.

If a deer starts browsing note the direction of the wind. If the wind is not in your face, start circling so as to bring it in your face. Because you are wasting your time by following a deer that can scent you before you see him.

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Chapter 45

Bean, Leon Leonwood Down East Books ePub

Chapter 45


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Byron Bay & Northern New South Wales

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Byron Bay & Northern New South Wales

Beach towns and national parks leapfrog each other all the way up this stupendous stretch of coast. Inland, lush farmland and ancient tracts of World Heritage–listed rainforest do the same.

Providing a buffer between New South Wales’ big cities to the south and Queensland’s built-up Gold Coast, the North Coast offers an altogether quieter and simpler way of life. In cute little towns throughout the region dyed-in-the-wool country types rub shoulders with big-city escapees and post-hippie alternative lifestylers – if you’re looking for fresh local produce, a top-notch meal or a psychic reading, you shouldn’t be disappointed. And if you’re searching for a surf break, rest assured that there will be an awesome one around the very next corner.

Nowhere on the East Coast conjures up the beach– nature–good times vibe quite like Byron Bay. Those who visit seldom go home complaining – if they go home at all.

Jun & Jul Winter brings migrating whales, lanterns to Lismore and rockers to Byron Bay.

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Sint Eustatius

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

     Includes »


     Around Oranjestad

     Understand Sint Eustatius



     Landscape Wildlife

     Survival Guide

     Directory A–Z

     Getting There Away

     Getting Around

Pop quiz: which Caribbean island was once the busiest seaport in the world but is unfamiliar to most people today?

Yes, it’s true, quiet ‘Statia’ was the darling of the Caribbean when valuable goods bounced between Europe, Africa and the New World during the 18th century. In fact, the naturally deep harbor was so sought after that the island changed hands 22 times before the Dutch permanently secured their claim.

Today, the island has shed all evidence of its former self, garnering instead an avid cult following among scuba divers and those who enjoy sun-kissed days full of blissful nothingness. Unlike its neighbors, Statia shows no signs of modernization – no grandiose landscaping, no condo development, and barely a hint of urban planning. Oranjestad, the island’s only town, is a charming collection of ramshackle structures, each one a quiet homage to a bygone era. Statia lets it all hang out.

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Richard Kamchen and Greg Oliver ECW Press ePub


Goaltending today is as much about science as it is about stopping the puck. The unprecedented advancements in, well, just about everything are pretty incredible.

The skates are better, the pads are lighter, the masks offer better protection, and the players are in better shape, with their personal trainers and chefs and year-round exercise regimens.

But the mental aspect of playing goal hasn’t changed a lot over the decades, and the stress of the job has been altered but not lessened, now that every team has a goalie coach (or two) working with netminders throughout the system.

David Marcoux, the goalie coach with the Calgary Flames from 2003 to 2009, is an example of the fundamental switch that happened in the early 1990s—the educator hadn’t come from the NHL ranks.

“I was a teacher, maybe the psychologist a little bit. But I was not intimidating,” said Marcoux, whose star pupil, Miikka Kiprusoff, took the Flames to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final. Marcoux added, “The trust that we could create was ‘Hey, I am here to help.’ We all say that as goalie coaches, the former goalies and the non–former NHL goalies, but I think there’s a way of going through your daily routine where he did not sense that I was a threat or judging.”

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45. Designing Our Cities for Bikes: Digging Up the Parking Lot by Lori Kessler

Amy Walker New World Library ePub

Lori Kessler

Joni Mitchell was right: we paved paradise to put up a parking lot. The natural soil and vegetation of our cities are overlaid with asphalt carpets designed for smooth travel and storage for our motor vehicles. Travel by human-powered pedal, crank, and chain has a much smaller environmental footprint than the combustion engine.1 But there are also other ecological benefits when we design our cities for pedestrians and cyclists and reduce our pavement.

First, consider rainfall. When rain hits natural soil, it percolates into the ground and recharges natural aquifers. As an aquifer reaches saturation, excess water trickles out, eventually finding its way into streams. But when rain hits asphalt instead, it flows in sheets over the surface until it is conveyed, through stormwater pipes, to streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. Along the way, it is contaminated by pollutants like oil, fuel, combustion by-products, tire residue, and deicing salts. Stormwater runoff is sudden, with high, immediate volumes that cause massive erosion. The contaminants in the water harm living systems. When we pave less, the natural rainwater cycle is maintained, and fewer stormwater pipes and treatment facilities are needed.

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Nothing defines Palawan more than the water around it. With seascapes the equal of any in Southeast Asia, and wildlife terrestrial and aquatic, the Philippines’ most sparsely populated region is also the most beguiling. Because of its silhouette – a long sliver stretching 650km all the way to Borneo – there’s a certain liberating logic to travel here.

Centrally located Puerto Princesa (Puerto) is the culinary capital and primary gateway to nearby rural and oceanfront tranquillity. The majority of travellers go north to El Nido or Coron town, base camps for island-hopping, snorkelling and diving adventures in the Bacuit Archipelago and Calamianes group.

The coastline serves as an alternative highway ferrying travellers in bangkas between fishing villages, tourist-friendly towns and a maze of uninhabited islands. In the south where the topography is more rugged, it’s possible to explore jungle-clad mountains, though facilities are decidedly rustic.

AMar–early May The best time for sea travel.

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Cape York Peninsula

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Rugged, remote, Cape York Peninsula has one of the wildest tropical environments on the planet. The Great Dividing Range forms the spine of the Cape: tropical rainforests and palm-fringed beaches flank its eastern side; sweeping savannah woodlands, eucalyptus forests and coastal mangroves its west. This untamed landscape undergoes a spectacular transformation each year when the torrential rains of the monsoonal wet season set in: rough, dry earth turns to rich, red, mud; quenched, the tinder-dry bush awakens in vibrant greens, and trickling creek-beds swell to raging rivers teeming with barramundi.

Getting here requires buckets of cash, commitment and patience. Generally impossible in the Wet, the overland pilgrimage to the Tip is an exhilarating 4WD trek into one of Australia’s last great frontiers, and not for the uninitiated. Rough, corrugated roads numb your bum, and challenging croc-infested river crossings are par for the course, while fine dining and pillow-top mattresses are nonexistent.

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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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Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

Fred Dow Moon Canyon Publishing PDF

Gunnison National Forest


Gunnison National Forest


The Gunnison National Forest covers 1,665,121 acres of land and is located a little west of central

Colorado in the Rocky Mountains. There are 54 developed campgrounds of which 26 meet the selection criteria.

The Gunnison National Forest was named in honor of Captain John Gunnison who came to the area in 1853 in search of a feasible route across the Continental Divide for the railroad. Today, people come to the area in search of open space, majestic mountain scenery, abundant wildlife, and diverse recreation opportunities.

One center piece of the Gunnison National Forest recreation opportunities is water. Its many lakes and waterways offer a variety of water sports including rafting, kayaking and excellent fishing near developed campgrounds. (Contact the Gunnison National Forest for local outfitters.)

Bounding the Forest on its southern side is the Curecanti National Recreation Area (NRA) with its three dams and resulting lakes - Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, and Crystal. The Curecanti NRA provides water for hydro-electric power, irrigation, flood control, municipal water supplies and recreation. Tucked away along one arm of Blue Mesa (the largest body of water in Colorado) is the

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