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Grand Teton National Park – Floating The Oxbow

One of the great national treasures of the western United States is the majestic Rocky Mountain retreat known as Grand Teton National Park. Few other parks compare with its rare beauty and awesome wildlife. This is truly a priceless wilderness!

LOCATION

Midway through the park on the Grand Teton mountain range is a massive, towering igneous fault known as Mount Moran. At the base of this 12,605 foot monster is an afternoon activity known simply as “The Oxbow,” a docile raft float of world-class proportion. This short family regatta winds through a horseshoe bend (oxbow) eastward from the headwaters of the Snake River beginning at the earthen dam retaining the waters of Jackson Lake.

WHAT TO DO

One can rent a small (or large) river raft from one of the many outfitters in the town of Jackson and transport it either by trailer or on the top of your car if it is a small raft. A “Day Use” permit must be purchased at Park Headquarters at Moose for the stretch of river you will be floating. You will not need a guide on this section of the river but it is very important to have a map of the park to identify your disembarking point near the confluence of Pacific Creek at the Moran Junction. If you miss this point, you may float into one of the more dangerous sections of the upper Snake requiring more advanced river skills.

This float is for families with small children, seniors just wanting to take-in the mountain grandeur (without getting wet) and landscape photographers. The reflection of the Tetons off the glassy river makes for some pretty spectacular mirror photos!

WHERE?

You begin your float at the base of Jackson Lake Dam from a shallow, sandy raft ramp. No need to get wet if you place your center of gravity aft in the raft and shove-off briskly into the gentle current. The flow at this point is as wild as it’s going to get.

The amazing thing about this entire section of the Snake is the clarity of the water! One can see to the bottom of the river at any point and sometimes to depths of over 10 feet! The surface of the water is like glass and the scenery is simply breathtaking. Native fish are abundant in this part and can be seen in the water along the entire route. Canada Geese, Sand Cranes, Ravens, Teal, Mallard and a variety of birds of prey stock this section of the river. Osprey and Bald Eagles frequently swoop down to pluck unsuspecting trout from the crystal clear water. That makes for excellent photo ops and great squeals from the kids!

Remember to bear left (pardon the pun) to float out of the main channel into the oxbow or you may miss the prettiest part of the float. You will be carried by the slow current through the bend in the river and returned to the main channel after completing the loop.

Float tubes, canoes, kayaks and most non-motorized floating devices are suitable for this section of the river and add to the quiet of the surrounding forest.

THE BONUS

The wildlife in this area is thick! Moose, elk, deer, antelope and an occasional bear can be seen from your floating raft. If you just sit still and imagine yourself in “America’s Serengheti” you will begin to know what Lewis and Clark must have felt as they explored the untouched wilderness of the Yellowstone. Some consider this experience once-in-a-lifetime!

For a great place to lodge and dine just east of The Oxbow, stay at the historic Hatchet Resort in Moran. You will not be disappointed and the friendly staff will help you with rafting, fishing and all other park activities. Go to http://hatchetresort.com for photos.

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National Eagle Center Presentation-Harriet

This is part of a presentation at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN. This particular eagle is the oldest eagle at the NEC at 29 years old. Her name is Harriet. They hand feed these birds during presentations such as this. I hope you enjoy it. This is one of my first hand held cam videos. Pardon the shakes and etc. I need to get a mono-pod. Comments welcome.

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1). Colin Powell—–Secretary of State, ex-chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, of Jamaican origin, he has one Jewish ancestor on his father’s side. He grew up in a heavily Jewish-populated neighborhood in New York, and speaks Yiddish. The first day of being picked (12/16) he said he wanted to toughen sanctions on Iraq, and will work to “re-energize the sanctions regime.”

2). Richard Perle—-One of Bush’s Foreign Policy Advisors. He is chairman of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. He had worked as Bush’s Jewish national security campaign advisor. A very likely Israeli agent, Perle was expelled from Senator Henry Jackson’s office in the 1970’s after the National Security Agency (NSA) caught him passing Highly-Classified (National Security) documents to the Israeli Embassy. He later worked for the Israeli weapons firm, Soltam.

3). Paul Wolfowitz—-Deputy Defense Secretary, Bush’s Jewish foreign policy campaign advisor, close associate of Israeli agent Richard Perle, and reportedly has close ties to the Israeli military.

4). Robert Satloff—-U.S. National Security Council Advisor, Satloff was the executive director of the Israeli lobby’s “think tank,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Many of the Israeli lobby’s “experts” come from this front group, like Martin Indyk.

5). Dov Zekheim—-Under Secretary of Defense and Comptroller. He was Bush’s Jewish foreign policy advisor and reportedly holds Israeli citizenship.

6). Douglas Feith—-Under Secretary of Defense and Policy Advisor at the Pentagon. He is a close associate of Perle and served as his Special Counsel. Like Perle and the others, Feith is a pro-Israel extremist, who has advocated anti-Arab policies in the past. He is closely associated with the extremist group, the Zionist Organization of America, which even attacks Jews that don’t agree with its extremist views. Feith frequently speaks at ZOA conferences. Feith runs a small law firm, Feith and Zell, which only has one International office, in Israel. The majority of their legal work is representing Israeli interests. His firm’s own website stated, prior to his appointment, that Feith “represents Israeli Armaments Manufacturer.” Feith basically represents the Israeli War Machine.

7). Elliott Abrams—–National Security Council Advisor. He previously worked at Washington-based “Think Tank” Ethics and Public Policy Center. During the Reagan Adminstration, Abrams was the Assistant Secretary of State, handling, for the most part, Latin American affairs. He played an important role in the Iran-Contra Scandal, which involved illegally selling U.S. weapons to Iran to fight Iraq, and illegally funding the contra rebels fighting to overthrow Nicaragua’s Sandinista government. He also actively deceived three congressional committees about his involvement and thereby faced felony charges based on his testimony. Abrams pled guilty in 1991 to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service. A year later, former President Bush (Senior) granted Abrams a full pardon. He was one of the more hawkish pro-Israel Jews in the Reagan Administration’s State Department.

8). Marc Grossman—–Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. He was Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources at the Department of State. Grossman is one of many of the Jewish officials from the Clinton Administration that Bush has promoted to higher posts.

9). Richard Haass—–Director of Policy Planning at the State Department and Ambassador at large. He is also Director of National Security Programs and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He was one of the more hawkish pro-Israel Jews in the first Bush (Sr) Administration who sat on the National Security Council, and who consistently advocates bombing Iraq.

10). Henry Kissinger—–One of many Pentagon Advisors, Kissinger sits on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. For detailed information about Kissinger’s evil past, read Seymour Hersch’s book. Kissinger had a part in the Watergate crimes, Southeast Asia mass murders, Chile dictatorship, and more recently served as Serbian Dictator Slobodan Milosevic’s Advisor. He consistently advocates bombing Iraq. Kissinger is the Ariel Sharon of the U.S.

11). James Schlesinger—–One of many Pentagon Advisors, Schlesinger also sits on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board and is another extremist pro-Israel advisor. He consistently advocates bombing Iraq.

12). Robert Zoellick—–U.S. Trade Representative, a cabinet-level position. He is also one of the more hawkish pro-Israel Jews in the Bush (Jr) Administration who advocated invading Iraq and occupying a portion of the country in order to set up setting up a Vichy-style puppet government. He consistently advocates bombing Iraq.

13). Mel Sembler—–President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. A Prominent Jewish Republican
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This is a video of the first 10 minutes of The University of South Carolina Gamecock Baseball 2010 National Championship Celebration at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina on June 30, 2010. Pardon the poor quality at times, but please remember the pandemonium going on around me. For a high quality recording of this entire event, including the tribute to Bayler Teal from Coach Tanner, visit gamecocksonline.com. To my friends, enjoy, and GO COCKS!!!
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