Few historic figures in the rich history of the American frontier are more inextricably linked to the great outdoors than Daniel Boone. A hunting and fishing savant from the time of his early childhood onward, Boone spent his life in a state of perpetual exploration and adventure, continually pushing westward from his birthplace of Pennsylvania before eventually breaching the Cumberland Gap to find the famed “Meadow Land” that the Iroquois Indians called Kentake.While the legends of Daniel Boone—and there many—can be hard to separate from the reality of his day-to-day life, historians unanimously agree that Boone spent much of his formative years hunting, fishing, trapping and exploring in the fertile Yadkin Valley of North Carolina’s Piedmont region. When Boone and his family arrived in the Yadkin in the fall of 1751, they found a pristine landscape complete with fertile soil, bountiful wildlife, high ground for grazing and a wide-mouthed, swift-flowing river capable of powering the grist and sawmills that were so essential to early colonial life.According to Boone biographer Robert Morgan, Daniel Boone and his family may have spent their first North Carolina winter inside a cave by the banks of this river, which took the same name as the valley through which it flowed. The river and the land that surrounded it were nothing short of an unspoiled paradise, especially for a young man infatuated with the outdoors such as Boone.The Daniel Boone Heritage Canoe TrailWhile the Yadkin River of Boone’s youth has changed considerably over the centuries, some of the wild characteristics that drew Boone and other early settlers have remained intact.Today, you can experience Boone’s Yadkin for yourself by paddling the Daniel Boone Heritage Canoe Trail, a 22-mile stretch of river that flows through Davidson, Davie and Rowan Counties. Paddlers can put in at the Blueway Put-In off Highway 64 in Lexington. From there you’ll encounter a relatively tame stretch of water and some beautiful scenery beyond the Yadkin’s banks. The trail is dotted with ten historically significant waypoints or cairns that tell the story of Boone’s life on the Yadkin along with the stories of other early settlers and farmers.Cairn number one features class two rapids and marks the spot where Swicegood’s Mill once stood. The rapids here are created by the remnants of a large stone structure built in the 1800s by the Army Corps of Engineers. The structure, which was subsequently abandoned, was built in an effort to establish steamboat navigation along the Yadkin. Today it marks the best whitewater feature on the entire Daniel Boone Heritage Canoe Trail.Cairn number two pays homage to North Carolina’s history as a tobacco farming hub, marking the spot where Hairston’s Ferry used to stand. With an extensive system of some 40 tobacco plantations, the Hairstons were some of the most renowned tobacco farmers in North Carolina and Virginia. It was from this location on the Yadkin that the Hairstons ferried their wares across the Yadkin.Cairn three brings the paddler back Daniel Boone’s infamous time on the Yadkin, marking a spot where he is believed to have spent time fishing during his youth. Boone’s Shoal-Big Rock Rapid, located just upriver from Dutchman’s Creek, features a large ledge with a very large boulder in the center. It makes for a great lunch stop and a fun class I drop.The next cairn brings paddlers of the Boone Trail to a Yadkin tributary known as Dutchmen’s Creek. This creek is significant because it leads up to a homesite where newlyweds Daniel and Rebecca Boone once lived.Cairn number five marks a spot known as the Boone Gamelands. Here, modern day sportsmen can pursue wildlife on the same ground that Daniel Boone himself once hunted. The Boone Gamelands are administered by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission.Beyond Dutchmen’s Creek and the Boone Gamelands is cairn six where you’ll find Boone’s Cave Park. This park contains a fairly large cave that sits on a bluff above the Yadkin River. According to local lore, Boone visited this cave frequently as a youngster. It is important that paddlers do not attempt to disembark at cairn 6. Instead, continue 450 yards downriver to Baptism Rock Access.Cairn seven brings paddlers to a location on the Yadkin known as Boone’s Ford. It is unclear whether Boone’s Ford is named for Daniel Boone himself or for another member of his family who settled in the area, but most agree that it marks the spot where an old Indian trading road once crossed the Yadkin River.Cairn number eight marks the spot of yet another ferry, this one known as Hannah’s Ferry. According to local knowledge, Hannah’s Ferry was an example of a reaction ferry, an ingenious design whereby the ferry boat relied solely upon the river’s current to power the boar back and forth across the river.Cairns nine and ten mark the section of the river where the Boone’s Heritage Canoe Trail comes to an end a and the High Rock Lake hydroelectric reservoir begins. Before you reach the lake you’ll paddle past bluffs, bottomland forest and the remnants of Beard’s Bridge, a covered toll bridge built in 1818 that offered area traveler’s their first means of permanent passage across the Yadkin River.Boone Country Barbecue and BeveragesOnce you’ve paddled all 22-miles of the Daniel Boone Heritage Canoe Trail, you’re bound to be craving refreshments. Luckily, nearby Lexington is a veritable Mecca for North Carolina-style barbecue. When it comes to choosing a barbecue joint in Lexington, you’ll want to keep your options open because this historic barbecue hub is home to more than a dozen with names like Backcountry Barbecue, The Barbecue Center, Cook’s Barbecue, Kerley’s Barbecue and Lexington Barbecue.
By Dialogo July 26, 2012 New tactical terminals for military satellite communications will be used in Brazilian border-patrol operations. The “debut” of this equipment, recently delivered to the Ministry of Defense, is expected to take place during the next edition of Operation Agatha, which combats illicit activities along the border. Portable and equipped with advanced transmission resources, the terminals extend the communications capability of the Brazilian Armed Forces during military operations. “With this equipment, it’s possible to have access to telephone, internet, videoconferencing, data exchange, and access to remote systems in faraway places,” stated Colonel (Ret.) Edwin Pinheiro da Costa, head of the Defense Ministry’s Telematics Section. In all, 31 new “Fly Away” stations have been incorporated into the Defense Ministry’s Satellite Military Communications System (SISCOMIS), at a cost of 157,000 dollars per unit. The equipment was supplied by the Spanish company Indra, which is in charge of setting up both the (naval and ground) terminals and the network management system. The main advantage of these stations is their rapid unfolding, ensuring that they can be easily transported and installed. Each station has a 1.8-meter antenna, weighs approximately 400 kg, and can be assembled in less than 20 minutes. The system has a data transmission capacity of four megabytes per second. “This is very flexible equipment,” Col. Edwin Pinheiro said. “Today, we have 13 of these terminals installed on Navy ships, making satellite communication possible even when the vessels are in transit on the high seas,” he added. According to him, the system has been widely used in Brazil and also abroad, including by the Brazilian peace forces operating in Haiti, where three units have been installed. With the new batch supplied by Indra, the Brazilian Armed Forces will have a total of 87 portable terminals available. However, due to the lack of a Brazilian satellite, fewer than half of them can be used simultaneously, posing an obstacle to greater coverage of the national territory. Currently, the space segment of SISCOMIS is based on renting an exclusive band (Band “X”) on the C1 and C2 satellites owned by the company Star One, a subsidiary of Brazilian telecommunications company Embratel with outside capital. According to the head of the Defense Ministry’s Telematics Section, the expected 2014 launch of a Brazilian geostationary satellite should change this picture, giving the Brazilian government complete control of the satellite. “When the Brazilian government has operational and technological control of the satellite to be created by Brazilian telecommunications company Telebrás, it will be able to noticeably expand the usable potential and possible coverage of this equipment, including with a moveable beam, increasing the system’s flexibility,” Col. Edwin predicted. “We will be able to use all of our portable terminals simultaneously, in addition to small terminals, such as the man pack and submarine types, enabling greater control and independence of our military communications,” he concluded. The term Agata is very linked to my country, Guatemala. At first I thought this would be a Plan that would come to Central America, and even that it was born in Guatemala, but I see that it is due to Brazilian interests. Why not give extension to the Central Region if we, Guatemala, share with Mexico about one thousand kilometers, equivalent to one third of what the U.S.shares with Mexico. I read and get informed of the need to take the issue of security from the regional and global area. Then… down to work. read more
Jeff Jeremie of the Gatorade BLAZERS team has been suspended for verbally abusing and physically threatening the Vice President of the Dominica Amateur Basketball Association (DABA) during a previous match.In a letter dated 20th September, 2011 to the Coach of Gatorade BLAZERS from the Dominica Amateur Basketball Association, states that “the DABA Executive has received a report from the DABA Executive game commissioner for the game played on Saturday 17th September 2011 in the LIME National Basketball League, which has resulted in disciplinary action being taken against a registered player on your team.”The said letter further states that “It was reported that at the conclusion of game two of the Premier Division Finals game between the Gatorade BLAZERS and NO LOOK, Jeff Jeremie, a member of the Gatorade BLAZERS team registered in the Premier Division, verbally abused Mr. Ryan Anselm, the Vice President of the DABA and other officials of the DABA. At the time of the incident, Mr. Anselm was one of the match commissioners.”According to the rules of the 2011 LIME National League which all teams were furnished with at the beginning of the season, this action of verbal abuse of score official results in automatic 3 game suspension. The decision of the DABA Executive is to therefore impose ‘a one (1) game suspension on Jeff Jeremie pending a written apology to Mr. Ryan Anselm and the DABA from Jeff Jeremie. If an apology from Mr. Jeremie is not forthcoming, the full three (3) game suspension will be imposed. Furthermore, this player will be placed on probation and any further transgressions displayed by this player could result in further disciplinary action taken against him. The suspension will take effect on the next scheduled game for the Gatorade BLAZERS team, which is Wednesday, September 21st, 2011.’In related news the Lime National Basketball Finals is schedule to continue tonight at the Lindo Park Hard Courts with two games. Game 3 of the Kubuli Vitamalt Division 1 finals will continue from 7.00 pm between the Wesley Raptors and Goodwill Starz. The second game of the evening is the Gatorade Blazers against the No Look team that game is schedule for 9.00 pm also at Lindo Park.Dominica Vibes News 24 Views no discussions Share NewsSports Jeff Jeremie suspended for Lime National Basketball League finals by: – September 21, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet read more