Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 19, 1974 · Page 76
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 76

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 19, 1974
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Enjoy Your Vacofi'on in ffie Clean Fresh Air of Warm Springs Valley, Virginia THE WARM SPRINGS INN AND MOTEL-RESTAURANT WARM SPtlNGS, VA. 74484 { · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · i Friendship Inn USp*rtsAnl«Me tatty JUU-AMBKMEXmSS Print* c»nf crane* room equipped with ' projector* er bain*» groups^ 7 Color TV - iwry ··«·· Air Conditioned ~ MOTEL AND APTS. OOANV1EWJEACH. Luxurioo* Room* and Fur- nighrd Apt*. Family unit* with Kilrhrnrttr*. Cunl Dial Phonn, Air Cond_ Color TV, Pool Brarhsidr Pa'tio. Private Brarb. 2090 L OCEAN VIEW AVE. IORFOLK.VA. 23503 Phone 804/583-2605 (plantation OPEN YEAR- 'ROUND · SWIMMING POOL · RESTAURANT · AMPLE PARKING · TEAK 'ROUND HEATING I AIR CONDITIONING · CHOICE OF COLOR OR B*W TV · TELEPHONE IN EVERY ROOM --57 BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED ROOMS-- Golf Country Club Privileges-An Invitation to Southern Comfort. MASTER DIME'S CIU3 AMEBlCAN EXfSESS FOR RESERVATIONS DIAL 804-428-9186 30th and Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach, Va. 23451 BUCKROE BEACH VIRGINIA Family Cottages KITCHEN--TV LINENS--AIR CONQ. 1 2 Bedrooms Block from Fishing Pier Write for Rotes GORDON'S COTTAGES 30 IS. Second St. Buckroe Beach, Va. 23364 Phone 804-851-9131 The Show Placeof'Buckroe Beach GOLDEN SANDS MOTEL-BUCKROE BEACH Rates: -Seven Days Six Nights: Modem motel room with kitchen units. Jff"' "·*" 2 -"»" 1 ·P-tment with kHcheiuAc«meckiteiupto6 comfortdilT. Sunday to - - - -- '75.UU Saturday noon ....... . $ 1 35.00 i. * « j__ 1to4p,n«u.S«n*,r to Saturday noon Most Major Credit Cards Accepted Write for Color Brochure For RrMTvation* . I'.O. Box 4246 IllAMITO.Y VIK(;iMA 23364 1 Phonv804/851'8551 A real vacation is child's play when you and your family don't have to go farther than Virginia Beach to find 28 miles of clean white sand \ for sunning, surfing, and sailing.Thafs the beauty of The Beach: you only need a little gas to get here and back, andpractically none during your stay. Because all the fun's right here together--less than an hour from Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. For a free 1974 Accommodations Directory, write the Virginia Beach Chamber of Commerce, Dept. CG-6 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23458 and tell them whether you're interested in a Q hotel D motel n cottage or D efficiency apartment for the month of Name Address Oty Sate/Zip i real vacation. Lazing down a tranquil river is a restful wav Path to Peace By Bob Simpson MOREHEAD CITY - I hefted the canoe off the car top and balanced it, shifting the paddles until the flat blades rested on my shoulders, the shafts holding the thwarts and making an easy carrying load. Meanwhile, my wife was unloading the car. I've toted that particular canoe for thousands of miles by car, dozens of miles on my shoulders. It has poked its blue nose into lakes of the subarctic, rivers that drain into Hudson's Bay, the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Now I was trying to keep my footing as I half slid down a steep, muddy bank in a neighboring county with vines and slick grass conspiring to trip me. Below, already on the water, the brown camouflage canoe of Franc White floated quietly. His wife Lee was smiling happily while Franc's camera squeaked and clanked the record of this event. A dozen other canoes were being lined up and launched nearby, for this was one of the Carteret Wildlife Club's frequent outings. Mary and Fang the dog came racing down the slope, Mary with life jackets and duffle bag in hand, Fang glancing back wistfully at the dead possum she hadn't had a chance to roll in. They scrambled aboard and we shoved off. The Trent River is one of several outstandingly beautiful rivers in Carolina. Not particularly long, it starts in Lenoir County, runs the length of Jones and into Craven, to join the Neuse River at New Bern. We had launched a few miles west of Trenton for a half-day float downstream. The banks are, for the most part, quite high. The water moved at a fair clip, swirling around logs and branches, gurgling at the grasses and boiling over submerged stumps and logs. As weeased into midstream, the current grabbed the canoe and we joined the passing floating leaves and sticks that hurried towards the sea. »» This was living! No cares. · Just lean back, keep in the middle of the river and watch the world go by. Trees were budding, last year's wasp nests, slightly weathered, still clinging to leaning branches. Violets dotted the banks, poison ivy was sprouting and May apples stood like clusters of umbrellas. Trees caught in mid- fall by stout loops of grapevines, hung over the stream. The emerald green of new grass poked through many years' accumulation of dead browns. Dogwoods were still bursting buds, a wild cherry flowered white, and the blue- black berries of cat's claw were shining like overripe grapes. Chickadees flitted amidst the branches. Overhead the pale blue of a hazy sky provided a backdrop for the still-bare branches. The steep slopes of the river banks were dotted with golds and bronzes of earlier seasons' leaves, a-soft bed of compost returning to the land. I flicked a shad dart at the likely looking holes, bounced the silver spoon off stumps and laced the line among branches, high and low. And I can certify that the river was shad-free r Other canoes were slipping by, driven by eager young paddlers digging in with biceps bulging: They faded around a distant turn in the river. We were alone again. Still other canoes passed. We drifted, fished and munched on goodies cleverly concealed in the duffle bag. I have a theory about cano- ists -- the less time they have spent in a canoe, the faster they paddle. The real object of travel is going, not' getting jtljere. Once you arrive, the work begins. It's somewhat like owning things: the more you have, the less you can do. For example, it takes twice as long to mow a yard 50 x 25 as one 25 x 25. Therefore, no wise man has a big yard. I have a big yard so that proves my theory. But back to the river: though I would report the Trent as one of the most 8m CHARLESTON, ft. VA. Mav 19. 1974. Suridav Gazette-Mail

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