September 11, 2011
The Forks of the Kern, where the rapids line up one after another - as white as your mother's wedding dress - is among the finer river runs anywhere. Beneath the white water? Granite boulders, large and larger. Wedge your foot beneath one of these beasts and the Kern River will slam you to its basement. Conk your head. Fracture a collarbone. Burst an aorta. No 911 here. It's just you and God and a $4 plastic paddle. "You're in the wilderness, a long way from help," a guide warned us. The knock against California is that it's overrun.
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January 19, 1997 |
For a time, the only Christmas presents two fishermen thought they would give their families were the farewell messages scratched on the plastic paddles of their life raft. "If I don't make it, I hope to see you in my next life," wrote David Summers. "I hope I make it, but if not give the family my love," wrote Richard Enslow Jr.
October 12, 2010 |
President Obama made a new pitch for his $50-billion "roads, railways and runways" program Monday, saying that there is a crucial need to upgrade the nation's infrastructure capacity and American competitiveness in the 21st century depends on swift action. Clogged roads, airways and other infrastructure chip away at worker productivity, Obama said, and the longer the country waits to fix it, "the deeper our competitive edge erodes. " Speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden, Obama pitched the plan as a benefit to the economy ?
April 25, 2013 |
"Kon-Tiki" is a ripping yarn torn from yesterday's headlines. Though somewhat forgotten now, the 1947 story of six men, an oceangoing raft and a wild and crazy theory was a media sensation that gripped the world's imagination - and launched a thousand tiki bars. Though scientists then and now largely believe that the original inhabitants of Polynesia came eastward from Asia, Norwegian scientist and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl became convinced that they had come westward, from pre-Inca Peru, drifting over on the Humboldt Current on enormous balsa-wood rafts.
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September 10, 2009 |
State lawmakers forged into the final 72 hours of their legislative year by passing a flurry of measures Wednesday that included a jab at the Culligan Man, a bow to breast-feeding mothers and an effort to thwart the potential perils of cosmetic surgery. With the fate of California's biggest issues -- including a potential re-plumbing of the state's water system -- still unresolved, lawmakers churned through scores of bills as the clock ticked toward the end-of-session deadline at midnight Friday.
May 5, 2013 |
MAE WANG, Thailand - As we sat together on a long, narrow raft of bamboo, Alexa Pham dipped her hand into the quickly moving river. "It's the really simple things," she said with a long breath, "that make it beautiful here in Mae Wang. " Two wiry boatmen, steering with long poles, navigated the raft beneath the branches of overhanging trees, around boulders and through bars of late-afternoon sunlight. The men are part of Pham's staff, hired from the hill tribes and Burmese refugee communities of northern Thailand.
September 30, 2010 |
James Dean died 55 years ago today, killed in a dramatic car wreck east of Paso Robles that became the stuff of legend. He was 24 when he died, and he inadvertently managed to take a lot of my generation with him, creating a cultural template for the risks we should take with our own lives. Had he lived, he'd be 80 in February. I was 13 when I first saw him in the movies, and his films offered me an introductory course in how to be a teenage boy in the 1950s. I saw "Rebel Without a Cause" half a dozen times, mostly because I was studying James Dean ?
August 20, 1987 |
Archeologists combing the sand dunes of Mustang Island have pinpointed the remains of a century-old minesweeper, a Civil War torpedo raft that they believe washed ashore 120 years ago. Herman Smith, an archeologist from the Corpus Christi Museum, spent four hours Tuesday using metal detectors to find the iron-spiked wooden fragments of the raft. The raft is of the type used by the Union Navy as a crude minesweeper during the Civil War, Smith said.