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I'm in Pennsylvania and a river runs through it, called the Youghiogheny, also known to we river folk as the Yock. Here's the river from an old railroad bridge, now a bike path, at Ohiopyle State Park, in the Laurel Highlands.


In the woods you see these monoliths from an ancient civilization.


This is the Niagara Falls of the Yock.


How country boys commute to work.

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 16, 2008; 7:02 AM ET
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Good morning,boodle. Hi, Martooni. Hi, Cassandra.

Posted by: daiwanlan | July 16, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

What a delight to see!
Thank you for helping in the start of a new day.

Posted by: Alexey Braguine | July 16, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Those pics are beautiful. I am very impressed. I especially like the ancient monoliths. I've heard tell that if you listen carefully while standing beside one you can occasionally hear voices from the past drifting down from the heavens.

Posted by: RD Padouk | July 16, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

When I was young, in the long ago days of the 70's, when Disco Ruled The Earth, I went to a summer camp in North Carolina. We went tubing on the Green River. We went to Sliding Rock in the Pisgah Forest.

A few years Later, when I was in High School, after Disco (but before Cable TV and Video Games), we'd go to the Potomac near Scott's Run, where there's a waterfall and small pool. Hanging out there you'd never realize that you're within a half mile of the Legion Bridge, if you didn't know it.

These days the kids stay inside all summer long, leaving the hanging out by the river to middle-aged sorts like me. They don't know what they're missing, and /I won't tell them!/

Posted by: wiredog | July 16, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

It's turning into a very busy week... *SIGH*

*wishing-I-was-floating-down-the-Yock-but-hey-whadda-ya-gonna-do-and-by-the-way-where's-the-coffee Grover waves*


Posted by: Scottynuke | July 16, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

The river looks like a nice trout habitat. Any fishing in that Ohiopyle state park?

Posted by: shrieking denizen | July 16, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Looks like a super bike path, too. Will pass this kit to my husband & son, big family bikers.

Posted by: VintageLady | July 16, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

It is a trout river, but it is still recovering from acid mine drainage.
"The Youghiogheny River, located in Southwestern Pennsylvania, is a great tailwater fishery that has recovered well from a past mine acid spill. Cold water from the Youghiogheny Reservoir Dam, located near the town of Confluence, helps support a good population of trout...From Ohiopyle to the Bruner Run Takeout, the river is a swift, rugged, and challenging piece of water.... If you really want to fish this section, your best bet is by bike, or to drift from below the falls at Ohiopyle to the Bruner Run Takeout."

Posted by: shrieking denizen | July 16, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

I was raised along the banks of another river with an American Indian name. This was The Puyallup. We locals called it, um, The Puyallup.

Posted by: RD Padouk | July 16, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

For all of those "up North", you know who you are:


Posted by: DLD | July 16, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

While we say the word 'Yock', we still spell it 'Yough'. And the river looks really low now, but in the spring, it has class 5 rapids a little further upstream. Fun stuff.

Posted by: LostInThought | July 16, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Watch out, Cheney hunts pheasant in those woods, or close by anyway.

Just FYI, the first "gh" in the river's name is pronounced "f" and the second, "p". It takes its name from a question posed by local panhandlers (in their thick Western Pennsylvania accents) to the gentry at Rolling Rock.

Posted by: Rikken | July 16, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I.e., "You haff a penny?"

Posted by: Rikken | July 16, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Go ahead and rub it in, boss. While we are caged in our stuffy, lifeless, soul sucking cubicles, you are out Youghing it up.

I'm not the boodler of this name, but I *am* green with envy.

Posted by: Don from I-270 | July 16, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Some of those old monoliths resemble the Thomas Viaduct train bridge over Patapsco State Park. Say what you want about robber barons, they knew how to build bridges.

We passed through Ohiopyle briefly several years ago on our from Falling Water to Cleveland. There are some gorgeous small wide falls there.

I also once tricked my wife into rafting the New River in WV. The only thing that saved our marriage was that she didn't fall in once.

At Ohiopyle, they have outfitters that will give you bikes to ride upriver and then let you raft back to the starting point. Sounds like something I want to do someday. I'll add it to my Bucket List.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 16, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

The Heroes of the Fluffitado.

After the awards banquet in the swanky Hotel Seis, Joel Achenbach, one of the proud sponsors of the fearles duo, BC and Mudge took the pair in his Lear Jet.
They landed near the Sacred Pillars of Yok. A crew of Space Hamzters held their noses shut and greeted the Heroes of Fluffitado.
"You made history," Chief Space Hamzter said. "You deserve a historic parade. come with me."
Everyone climbed into the Hamzter spaceship and headed south, way south.

Posted by: Alexey Braguine | July 16, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all.

I found the Yough on our last vacation at Deep Creek Lake in Maryland this past June. We went to Swallow Falls State Park on a whim and found a lovely trail along the river with 3 waterfalls in the couple of miles we trekked.

Hearkening back to the last kit, I am proud to say that my 'mater plants are going wild. I've had about 3 BLT's in the last 2 weeks...heavenly.

Hope everyone is well. Our company left yesterday and while we had a wonderful time, we are all happy to return to normalcy. Except the faithful beagle. He had grown used to 3 extra teenagers fawning over him at all hours of the day and night (literally).

Posted by: Kim | July 16, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

My childhood took place near a river too--the Arkansas. I lived south of it and most of my schools, my church and many of my friends were north of it, so I crossed it thousands of times. When the old bridge was slated for replacement I joined the citizens' action committee that was trying to save it as a pedestrian bridge. We lost that battle but at least succeeded in getting a pedestrian walkway included on the new bridge (unbelievable as it might seem, they weren't planning to have one).

I thought "Arkansas" might be from an Indian word, so I checked the internet. According to the first three sites I found, it's either

1) The French interpretation of a Sioux word "acansa," meaning "downstream place."
2) From the Quapaw word meaning "south wind"
3) A French name for a river, created by adding "Arc" to the French version of the name of an Indian tribe in the region.

I'm afraid to look anyplace else because the misinformation is starting to pile up. Why can't people just admit they don't know where words came from?

This I believe: the Arkansas state capital started out as an insignificant location known as "La Petite Roche." Isn't that so much prettier than "Little Rock?"

Interesting note about pronunciation: reportedly there was much dispute about how to pronounce "Arkansas" so there was a big debate and a vote and in the end they not only determined that the word should be pronounced "AR-kan-saw" but also passed a law to that effect so people who said it wrong were subject to penalties. Funny, present-day residents of Arkansas aren't known for being especially picky about pronunciations in general.

Posted by: kbertocci | July 16, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the boss took the Achenkids, or made this a romantic expedition with just his wife. If so, I'm sure that they are having a wonderful time, examining those giant stone monolithic erections from an ancient civilization.

Posted by: Don from I-270 | July 16, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

The Alafia River outside of Tampa was my teen years tubing/canoeing place. It's spring fed, so it stays cool even in the summer.

In college we 'shot the Hooch' once or twice. I assume they still do, although the Georgia drought may have put a damper on that.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 16, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Great pictures, Joel. Thanks for sharing. We had a great lunch alongside the Yough while on our way to Fallingwater several years ago. It's a lovely and wild river.

wiredog... my kids have "ridden" down Sliding Rock. We were directed there by a kind auto mechanic who found us in his parking lot in Asheville pondering our map. He gave us the scenic route toward our destination in Georgia and told us to "turn right at the Wal-Mart" to find Sliding Rock. Turned out to be a great route and great fun for the kids (but C-O-L-D water!).

Posted by: TBG | July 16, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Morning Boodle; glad to see we've left the filthy talk of pollination behind.

kbert, you made me laugh, and think of Ron Burgundy claiming no-one knows what San Diego means.

Being a shark wrangler isn't all its cracked up to be, these days. Run off my feet. Catch you later.

Posted by: Yoki | July 16, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Been on the Yough myself many years ago (sheesh, probably close to 20. Oy.), had a great time on those rapids, but we went through late in the summer with the water levels rather low. Certainly not class 5 at that point. Which was probably a good thing, now that I think about it.

It's beautiful up there, and there are lots of fun things to do.

And then there's all that great food up there. Any place with such diversity of funnel cakeage is all right with me!

There's an excellent array of options for fun river and mountain water experiences in the PA/MD/VA/WVA area within a couple of hours of DC. From some challenging rapids - as LIT points out - to a simple afternoon bobbing past Harper's Ferry on innertubes and sharing a relaxing beverage or two, to canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, there are a variety of Grand Ideas to employ to make a memorable day. Or an entire summer.


Posted by: bc | July 16, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I live along the Cacapon river in West by god.Cacapon is the Shawnee indian word for "Healing Waters".I feel like I am healed everytime I use or gaze upon our lovely river.

Yello,the Thomas viaduct over the Patapsco is an amazing structure.During the agnes floods of 72,all the new young bridges came down,the viaduct held firm. Even travelling over it in a train,you don't even notice any difference.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | July 16, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Wonderful pictures, Joel. This is why I am a mountain person. Hiking and rafting are just challenging enough to be my speed. At least in slo-mo.

Posted by: slyness | July 16, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Off-topic follow-up:

How much would the nation's largest poultry producer Pilgrim pay to protect the price of corn--to prohibit plowing corn into the production of ethanol?

More than first reported. Thanks to some investigative sleuthing by our local paper, the lede story on the Metro page this morning, readers learned the sum ain't chicken feed.

It was first reported that Texan "Bo" Pilgrim donated $100,000 to the Republican Governors Association in March.

He also coughed up the following:

More than $9,000 in June for airfare so Texas Gov. Rick Perry and aides could fly to D.C. for a news conference to promote a waiver from federal ethanol mandates.

After the waiver request was made, $25,000 to Perry's political committee.

Another $25,000 to state Comptroller Susan Combs almost two weeks before the governor filed the waiver request. Combs received a copy of Perry's letter to EPA honcho Stephen Johnson.

Not a peep from Pilgrim when our paper contacted his Pittsburg, Texas office for comment.

Did anyone catch the three economists on the NBC morning show, each giving her or his three tips for improving the economy? Mad Money's Jim Kramer's second tip was to halt the production of corn-based ethanol fuel.

Nice picture of the stone railroad bridge support, taken from its base. My great-grandfather, Thomas Benton Loomis, according to his obit--recently obtained, was a railroad bridge builder for more than 30 years for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. Did TBL work in stone? I wish I knew.

The river chute looks like great fun. Shoot, wish I were there!

Posted by: Loomis | July 16, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Hey gwe... it's nice to have you back during non-work hours! Hope you've been having fun with your fishing buddy this summer.

Posted by: TBG | July 16, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Thanks tbg,good to be back and my fishing buddies have been outfishing me most of the summer.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | July 16, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Just went to the homepage and see that Wachovia is the lede story. I heard a tidbit of this bad news about Wachovia around 8:50 a.m. yesterday on NPR radio.

Probably best to keep my lips sealed. You may be out sweating in the woods of Pennsylvania, Joel, while others of us are at home, just sweating things out--and yes, that includes the Texas heat. Trying hard not to think about the corporate news from North Carolina.

Posted by: Loomis | July 16, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

The B&O railroad bridge through Ellicott City has the Agnes highwater mark painted on it. Really high.

I just love looking up at the Thomas Viaduct. I've just recently discovered a back-door entrance into Patapsco State Park where I don't have to pay the entrance fee if I go in on my bike.

I've also outfitted a trail bike passed down from my father through my son with a rack and camera bag. I'm going to spend a morning in there some day shooting the scenery as blogpost fodder.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 16, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

While up that way, if you have time for only one FLW house, skip Fallingwaters and go see Kentuck Knob instead. And definitely head up to The Summit Hotel, the jumping off point for car racing back in the day. Cool old stuff in the lobby bar.

Time to get on the road again. Have a happy day all!

Posted by: LostInThought | July 16, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I used to go camping near Deep Creek Lake a few times every summer; it was wonderful for the kids and for me, too. Swallow Falls park *is* a really wonderful park.

I'd add that in addition to the wonders of the mountains a short distance to the west, we have the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic beaches to our east.

Some people have asked me why I've never seriously considered moving out of the area. The simple answer is that I think I live in a great location now - a short drive from darn near anything except deserts and glaciers.


Posted by: bc | July 16, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

When I was a college student, doing the Youghiogheny from Confluence to Ohiopyle was a great late summer-early fall activity, thanks to control of water levels by the dam.

It was class I (except for a couple of interesting features at the end, making it 1+), but at the time it was amazing that hardly anyone other than small batches of college students had discovered the place.

For equally nice scenery but horrible water, the West Branch of the Susquehanna was acid, staining rocks, sneakers, whatever red. A recent story in New Scientist about acid-spewing Chiginagak Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula reminds me of the West Branch.

In Oregon, I only managed to do a couple of modest intro kayak trips. Neat, anyway.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | July 16, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I've fished in rivers for most of my life. I think UI started when I was 7 or 8, and my father wasn't even a fisherman. (I hate this new fisher thing. A fisher is a mustelid, not a person.)
As a kid and teeanger I spent countless days on the Duberger and St-Charles rivers near Québec city. Unfortunately the St-Charles is a concrete-bound disaster in the city but it is a charming river upstream.
Now, I find myself lucky to live in the triangle formed by the intersection of two great rivers, the Gatineau and the Outaouais/Ottawa. The abundance and diversity of life in and on those rivers is truly amazing.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | July 16, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Dave, the Susquehanna used to be the poster child for mine acid drainage. Might still be for what I know.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | July 16, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Struggling with some serious thinking this morning.

Omar Kahdr is the only western person still held at Guantanamo. His family were high in Al Queda, but held Canadian citizenship. He is still held there on a charge of killing a US soldier.

His lawyers released tapes of his interrogation, hoping to raise the profile of the case and to put public pressure on their side. The Canadian government is not pushing to get him home, preferring to allow his case to go to trial slated for this fall.

The interrogation tapes are probably somewhere on the net, and the early released parts were of a crying and very afraid 16 year old kid wanting to go home.

Much of his defense is being built around the atmosphere he was raised in and the pressure he was under to be part of his families actions.

So is he a soldier who killed another soldier, or is he a teenage boy who needs to be held accountable for killing another person as we would hold any 16 year old accountable for killing someone else? Was he fighting a war, or was he involved in committing a crime? Was the soldier fighting a war, or was he doing a police action? And who decides if it is a war or a police action?

Usually history gives it to the victor to decide and mete out justice, but this action, where no war has been declared, is not over yet and neither side will be a victor.

I'm deeply conflicted by the whole thing, but I think one way or another we are going to have to decide what it was before we can judge this boy, and now young man fairly.

I have no idea if I will ever be able to decide if he was a soldier or was he just another guilty stupid kid. I strongly suspect that it going to take a good think about Cassandras lesson on forgiveness before I can find some rest for my concsience about this.

Sorry to take everyone off track and then run off for the day, but I've got to run.

Posted by: dr | July 16, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Why does everyone get vacations except for me? I mean, seriously, I'm 23. I should be having vacations. I don't even have a real job yet and I can't find any time to take any time off and the time that I'm not at work, I'm looking for a new job.

Not fun.


Posted by: Sara | July 16, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse


NPR had some excerpts from those interrogations that were barely audible, but the NPR webside may give links.

In so many words, the commentators said that the tone and reaction of the kid resembled a high schooler being quizzed by a parent for smashing mailboxes. He was clearly terrified and whimpering uncontrollably.

The United States is one of the few countries with the death penalty for minors. Whether they would try for that sentence in this extra-judicial situation, I don't know.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 16, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Sara - Since I am, you know, like a quarter century older than you my first inclination is to roll my aging eyes at the notion of a beautiful 23-year-old being jealous about anything.

But that would be unfair.

Although my memory is, of course, fading, I still recall what it is like to be just starting out with no vacation, very little in the way of accumulated savings, and a whole lot of anxiety about the future. It is tough being young, and probably more so today than in 1985 when I was 23.

That said, I am sure there are several of us here who would gladly swap some annual leave for couple fewer years. So if you can figure out how to do this, please, for the love of all things sacred, let us know.

Posted by: RD Padouk | July 16, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

wiredog, I too went to summer camp in North Carolina, tubing on the Green river and sliding down Sliding Rock. You weren't at Gwynn Valley, by any chance, were you? Plenty of summer camps in the area, of course.

We also went hiking and swimming at Connestee Falls. I'm very sorry to see now that the first google listing by that name is for a "planned residential community," followed by a listing for golf. And the listing telling about the falls says that the new owners have restricted public access to them. Sigh.

Posted by: bia | July 16, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I add another layer of question: or was/is he a traumatized 'child soldier' who was exploited by his (very terrible) family and their associates? We certainly don't hold the Liberian child soldiers or the underaged genocidal Rwandans to the same level of accountability we do adults. For pity's sake, the kid was what, 12? when his father shipped him off to the camps in Afghanistan.

I really don't feel all that conflicted about Omar Khadr. I think he should be brought back to Canada and given intense treatment to try to heal him.

Now, as to why his horrible horrible violent family are permitted to call themselves Canadian to this day, that I will never understand. But him? He can be Canadian and he may be able to be saved.

Posted by: Yoki | July 16, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

shrieking denizen,
There were already schemes for reducing acid mine drainage, which was a continuing disaster for Pennsylvania. One, I recall, was to provide an abundance of limestone boulders, artfully laid out.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | July 16, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse


I'd help you if I could. I gladly exchange a couple of years for a stable job right now. I might take that back later, though. My "student" job ends at the end of August and Utah employment? Useless unless you're a software engineer.

Posted by: Sara | July 16, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Sara, like I said, I do remember those days. At 24 I ended up out of work and living back with my mom. I finally found a new job, but I had to travel thousands of miles to the East Coast where I knew nobody within two time zones. Plus, like many Westerners, I feared that Easterners were all rude people who liked to pave things, looked down upon anyone who couldn't trace their family back to the Mayflower, and had no notion what a real mountain looked like.

So hang in there and be of good cheer. Although the future is, to steal a phrase, like seeing through a glass darkly I am sure that you and yours will find the way forward.

After all, things worked out for me. It turned out that many denizens of the Mid Atlantic states were actually fairly decent.

Although I was pretty much right about the mountain bit.

Posted by: RD Padouk | July 16, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

As a young US Government employee in Wyoming, I was employed 50 weeks a year, with a two-week unpaid vacation so I'd be absent for the head count.

The setup ensured that there would be vacations. Cheap ones, but vacations nevertheless.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | July 16, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh RD, we grew up in the same broad, high-backed land:

RD SAYS:Plus, like many Westerners, I feared that Easterners were all rude people who liked to pave things, looked down upon anyone who couldn't trace their family back to the Mayflower, and had no notion what a real mountain looked like.

They do not know mountains, do they, dear denizen of the West.

My river growing up was too dangerous for all that body surfing; 'twas the mighty and muddy great and wide Missouri. But, I swam and slid, tubed and splashed in two fabulous creeks:

Belt Crick (and the little Belt River, too) and the heartbreak-beautiful
Wolf Crick.

Remember the scene in A River Runs Through it, when Brad Pitt as Paul Maclean slides down a set of pools? That was filmed on Wolf Crick.

Also beautiful is the lovely Swan River, which connects Seeley Lake to Swan Lake near Kalispell. However, I was always spooked by that river because the greyling would nip at you constantly....little fish kisses....but nips at tender flesh. Shiver.

Quoting Norman Maclean:

I am haunted by waters.

Posted by: College Parkian | July 16, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

The rivers of my childhood through teen years were New River and the River of Grass; more recently, the Suwannee and Waccasassa Rivers. In between I did manage to survive 8 days on the Colorado, but the hike out of the canyon almost killed me.

Posted by: Shiloh | July 16, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Yoki; clap, alap clap. The Khadr clan is a stain on the name of Canadian citizenship but the kid dis not choose to have a murderous a-hole as a father. Like the rest of us, he just got it.
That our government does nothing about it is almost as worst at jailing a child-soldier and submitting him to "enhanced" interrogation methods. He was 15 yo when he was arrested and 14 when his father started making him play an active role in the family "business".

Posted by: shrieking denizen | July 16, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Ah Sara, you have so much to look forward to.

My second real job paid me enough ($425 a month) to move into a garage apartment ($100 a month) and live away from my parents. It was in library technical services, where stuff is ordered, acquired, cataloged, and put into the collection for us. I typed cards for the card catalogue, that's how long ago it's been.

It drove me crazy and back to grad school. With a part-time graduate assistant job and a scholarship, I made more than I did in the library. When I completed the MPA, I went to work for the fire department and stayed till I retired.

Good luck on the job search. Always tough, to be looking for a job.

Posted by: slyness | July 16, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Yoki Thanks I've been saying that for some time now.

Skywatch - Heavy thunderstorm overhead right now. All work ceased until further notice. Storm does not seem to be moving much. Enviroment Canada has issued a rainfall warning. Estimates say 50mm could fall by this evening. (just shy of 20 inches)

Plenty of time to boodle as no-one is allowed out in our steel forest with lightning in the air.

Posted by: Kerric | July 16, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

SCC I mean 2 inches of course.

The thunder made me do it... I swear...

Posted by: Kerric | July 16, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I was ready to fax you a new slide rule, Kerric... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | July 16, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh no, CP, say it isn't so! We spent some time in a cabin on the Gallatin River in Wyoming and went whitewater rafting there. We rafted past a big rock that the guide swore was the rock that Brad Pitt stood on for a scene in A River Runs Through It. They call it Brad Pitt Rock. I hope they filmed on a few rivers and that it wasn't false advertising!

Posted by: Kim | July 16, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Kim -- BREATHE! Several rivers but the saddest part is that the Blackfoot is too polluted for filming...better now, but the wages of mining are

scared lands
black lung or white lung or smelter lung, etc.
mining talings in rivers, cricks, and aquifers.

The extractive industries are very hard on the planet. Much of this is necessary but we do not cost them out truly or fully.

River is the scenic view of my childhood. I grew up wild, wild, wild in a long ago and far away place. Marked me for good. Marked me well. Miss it, however, hard to make a living in such places.

Kim, read anything by Rick Bass about the Yak valley in Montana....

Posted by: College Parkian | July 16, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Steel drums overhead
banging clanging inch by inch
creeping amplified

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Laurel leaf wreathes and kisses to our Haiku-Maker.

Posted by: College Parkian | July 16, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

..or read anything by Rick Bass about Texas. Our book editor will have an interview with Bass in this Sunday's paper--or so last Sunday's paper teased...will try to provide the link.

Posted by: Loomis | July 16, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

No paeans to the Potomac yet?

I suppose it's just a big annoying trench full of water to the worker ants swarming in and out of D.C, but it offers more than that if you take the time.

One source of astonishment to me as a teenager was to look at a road map and find the streams and creeks were there too, and that they even had names.

At last I knew the names of the streams I had been playing in for years and years.

Posted by: Wilbrod | July 16, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

As an ex-Western-Pennsylginiatuckian now living in northeast Ohio, I appreciate the pics. But the best fishing isn't in the rivers, but in the countless creeks (referred to in these parts as "cricks").

Some of the best fishing I've ever enjoyed has been in bodies of water less than twenty feet wide. My favorite spot is at a man-made waterfall (the drop is only about two feet) on Mill Creek here in Youngstown. On the upper side of the "falls", you get yellow perch (mmm.... yummy) and small-mouth bass, on the lower side, where the water churns and moves much quicker, you get your brown and rainbow trout and the occasional sunfish.

My second favorite spot is where the Little Neshannock Creek passes through an uncle of mine's property. Shallow, but quick water... perfect for trout. And the State of PA stocks it about a mile upstream, so catching a fish is almost guaranteed. Good for crawfish, too (just ask my toes).

So much to do, and now you've all given me the fishing cootie. And my sweet spot at Mill Creek is only five minutes away. Responsibility in one hand, time-killing zenful pleasure in the other... decisions, decisions, decisions...

Where's my dang fishing pole?

Posted by: martooni | July 16, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Double dang...

Mrs. M just left for the grocery store with our van, so I guess fishing is going to have to wait.

I so wish I was ten years old again and mortgageless.

Back then I had a bike. And the freedom to ride it just about anywhere, anytime, no questions asked.

Now I have to show my passport just to get the keys so I can go to the post office.

Posted by: martooni | July 16, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

New Kit.

Posted by: Sara | July 16, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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