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Florida manatees taken off Fed's endangered list, but danger still lurks Print E-mail

 Long Island Boating World Magazine

December 2017

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Earlier this year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced it downlisted the Florida manatee from “endangered” to “threatened.”

In its review, the feds considered the status of the roly-poly West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) throughout its range, which includes the Florida manatee subspecies, found primarily in the southeastern United States, and the Antillean manatee, found in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Central America, northern South America and the Greater and Lesser Antilles.

Gentle giants sporting whiskery faces, the Florida manatee have large, seal-like bodies that taper down to powerful flat tails. Averaging nine to ten feet in length, the "sea cows" weigh around 1,000 pounds but can grow as large as thirteen feet and weigh 3,000 pounds. They have a pair of agile forelimbs that act like arms or flippers to help them maneuver where they graze slowly on plants in shallow waters along the state’s coast. Slow movers, most of their time is spent eating vegetation (100-150 pounds per day), resting, and traveling.

 
Rhinebeck: A Hudson Valley Gem Print E-mail

 Florida Today

September 3, 2017

Washington Irving wrote the famous short story" The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" almost 200 years ago, telling the fearsome tale of the gangly and superstitious schoolteacher Ichabod Crane being menaced by a mighty headless horseman on a lonely night ride. Ever since, it has captured the imaginations of millions.RB 01

Readers of Irving’s evocative prose will be pleased to learn that the lush landscape of the Hudson Valley Irving once described still exists. Heading north across the Tappan Zee Bridge (I-287) over the Hudson River, the spectacular views are what Dutch explorers gazed upon almost 400 years ago.

Journeying along the majestic Hudson River is like time traveling through America's history. You follow the trails of Native Americans, sailing ships, and George Washington's Continental Army. The U.S. Military Academy at West Point dominates the western banks, while the eastern shore boasts the opulent Vanderbilt Mansion and many of the grandest estates of the Gilded Age.

Flanked by the Catskill Mountains, the valley’s rolling countryside drew artists to its beauty and inspired America’s first great art movement, the Hudson River School of Art, in the early years of the 19th century. Sharp mountain peaks, deep valleys, spreading woodlands and a patchwork of farms divide the artsy and gentrified communities. Just 90 miles north of Manhattan, the region is celebrated for its plentiful mom-and-pop organic farm stands, “u-pick” apple, berry and wildflower fields.

 
Celebrating Cambridge's Small Town Charm Print E-mail

 Long Island Boating World

August 2017

When the British colonized America and gradually built out towns, High Street became a key landmark. The roadway typically led directly from the waterfront to the highest point of land (to avoid flooding) where the British officials often constructed a courthouse, church and jail. The inside joke: townspeople could be judged, punished and redeemed on the same street corner.Cambridge 4

You breeze into Cambridge, Maryland via the 50-foot high Malkus Bridge that spans the upper Choptank River. Alongside runs a footbridge, populated with eager fishermen casting for their daily catch of rockfish. Home to seven governors, sharpshooter Annie Oakley, the Underground Railroad's Harriet Tubman and a pack of other notorious characters, Cambridge has a long and storied history.

Founded in 1864, Cambridge was once a harbor for trading ships taking tobacco to England, and later served as a deepwater port for 20th-century freighters. It was also a shipbuilding town. The town still draws plenty of pleasure boaters. At the Long Wharf visitors will find an impressive waterfront park with expansive lawns and the Cambridge Yacht Basin. The neighboring Cambridge Yacht Club hosts several sailing regattas throughout the year that draw large crowds.

 
Cape Canaveral Offers Strange Mix of Space Exploration and Natural Beauty Print E-mail

 Delaware County Times

July 9, 2017

Elon Musk brings new meaning to the word irrepressible.SpaceX 1

In early March the SpaceX founder and CEO stunned the spaceflight community by announcing the first joy ride into space. In 2018 he plans to launch one of his rockets to transport not astronauts, but two wealthy private citizens around the moon. The pair have already put down a “significant deposit” for the 300,000 mile trip that will take a week. This will be the first private company to take civilians beyond lower Earth orbit.

When Musk dreamed up the idea for his commercial space exploration company 15 years ago his core principle was to recycle reusable rockets, a strategy that would dramatically reduce the cost of space travel and make it more available for commercial audiences.

Musk's dream turned into reality with a launch of a "flight-proven" rocket in late March. He did it again on June 23 with the blast off of a two-stage, 23-story tall Falcon 9 rocket from Complex 39a at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. The booster rocket transported an 8,000 pound satellite to orbit where it will provide will provide television and data-communications services to Bulgaria, the Balkans and other parts of Europe.

 
Exploring “Big Blue” Print E-mail

 Florida Today

July 23, 2017

They are the original dream boats. Each summer the most powerful and pristine wooden watercraft in the world turn up on Lake Tahoe's impossibly blue waters.

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The beautifully and lovingly preserved antique and classic wooden boats will bring back a flood of memories for those attending the 45th Concours d'Elegance on August 11-12 in Homewood, Calif. on Tahoe's West Shore. Piloted by wealthy industrialists during the Roaring 20's, the “woodie” speedboats helped usher in a new era of boating on Lake Tahoe.

Each summer vintage wooden boats spill onto the lake filled with passengers donning large grins (often sipping chilled cocktails) and captained by proud owners in straw hats or yachting caps. Sponsored by the Tahoe Yacht Club, the Concours attracts more than 5,000 spectators who mingle with the owners of boats from a bygone era who share their unique experiences.

A boater’s paradise, Lake Tahoe is world renowned for its crystal-clear translucent water. Straddling the California-Nevada border in the pine-smothered Sierra Nevada range, Tahoe is one of America’s premier playgrounds. Snow can last until early May but once the melt begins, hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating and river rafting become a free-for-all.

Sculpted by a glacier, “Big Blue” lies at an elevation of 6,325 feet. North America’s highest alpine lake, it is 22 miles long, 12 miles wide and a drive takes several hours to complete its 72 mile shoreline circumference. The waters range in blues from aqua to sapphire, from cerulean to cobalt. The stunning colors occur because of the lake's remarkable depth which is as much as 1,645 feet with an average of roughly 1,000 feet.

 
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