Snowshoeing Through Sewers: Adventures in New York City, New Jersey, and Philadelphia

Snowshoeing Through Sewers: Adventures in New York City, New Jersey, and Philadelphia

by Michael Aaron Rockland
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813521157

ISBN-13: 9780813521152

Pub. Date: 10/28/1994

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

When Daniel Boone heard a neighbor's dog bark, he moved West. But when there's no Wild West left, where is adventure to be found? Michael Aaron Rockland looks for adventure in the megalopolis, "not where no one has been but where no one wishes to go . . . across traffic-clogged cities, the parking lots of wall-to-wall suburban malls, and the sinister waterways

Overview

When Daniel Boone heard a neighbor's dog bark, he moved West. But when there's no Wild West left, where is adventure to be found? Michael Aaron Rockland looks for adventure in the megalopolis, "not where no one has been but where no one wishes to go . . . across traffic-clogged cities, the parking lots of wall-to-wall suburban malls, and the sinister waterways that seep through rusting industrial sites."

In these ten alternately poetic and comic tales of adventure in the New York/Philadelphia corridor, the most densely populated chunk of America, Rockland walks and bikes areas meant only for cars and paddles through waters capable of dissolving canoes. He hikes the length of New York's Broadway, camps in New York City, treks across Philadelphia, pedals among the tractor trailers of Route 1 in New Jersey, and paddles around Manhattan and through the dark tunnels under Trenton.

Whereas Henry David Thoreau built his cabin on Walden Pond to get out of town, for Rockland, the challenge is to head into town. As he writes, "in the late twentieth century, a weed and trash-filled city lot . . . may be a better place than the wilderness to contemplate one's relationship to nature."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813521152
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.86(d)

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