Michael Munas (michaelboy) wrote,
Michael Munas

Except maybe frogs, or something

On Saturday, I rode forty-one miles along the Ohio River on a rail-trail that extends from the southern portion of Wheeling north to Wellsburg, WV. Near the northern end of the trail, there is a large tree that is purported to be the largest American Elm east of the Mississippi -- over 20 feet in circumference and a mere 382 years old. There are a few islands in the river and I like to imagine the peace one might find there.

Once or twice of a night we would see a steamboat slipping along in the dark, and now and then she would belch a whole world of sparks up out of her chimbleys, and they would rain down in the river and look awful pretty; then she would turn a corner and her lights would wink out and her pow-wow shut off and leave the river still again; and by-and-by her waves would get to us, a long time after she was gone, and joggle the raft a bit, and after that you wouldn't hear nothing for you couldn't tell how long, except maybe frogs or something
~ From: "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", Mark Twain

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Near the Pike Island Lock and Dam, is this sign

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