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

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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 th ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published February 8th 2008 by Rutgers University Press (first published October 1st 1994)
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Geri Hoekzema
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I started this book during a stretch in February when nearly everyone I know was on vacation in some exotic locale or another. After a month of Facebook photos of day-glo aqua waters, blinding white sand beaches and impossibly green tropical forests, I was ready to give up FB for a spell and spend head time in a setting that didn't feel totally out of reach.

After perusing my wanna-read list, I decided that the best remedy for the unrelenting gray outside my own window would be a travel book that
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Pat
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some cool ideas, dropping a canoe in a piddly stream in central jersey and pushing yourself along till you're in the ocean sounds awesome, as does eventually getting towed into the city by a bunch of Staten Island Guidos on a sportfishing boat, chucking full cans of beer back to them the whole time.

Also I am FURIOUS that they don't do that raft race on the Delaware anymore, and madder that we never went to see it when we were kids. Don't think I'd have appreciated the drunken ridiculousness then
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HBalikov
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Between Philadelphia and New York City lies New Jersey. Some believe that the entire state has been paved and is only fit for providing a path between those big metropolitan regions. A recent New Jersey Governor may have bought into that by suggesting a new state motto: "Welcome to New Jersey - Keep moving."

Rockland knows his state better and he shares it with us as he has with his students. He leads us through hiking, biking and even waterway adventures. Because there is little if any plot, eac
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Joe
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Informal. Goofy. Fun. Great stories. You don't have to be a crazy 20-something to engage in urban exploration. Or some sort of artist. You can just be a middle-age guy with a family and a spirit of adventure.
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Shelves: non-fiction
I like the premise more than the prose. Inspired me to be an urban explorer!
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Michael Aaron Rockland is professor of American Studies at Rutgers University. His early career was in the U.S. diplomatic service, during which he was a cultural attaché in both Argentina and Spain.

He is the author of twelve books, three of which have received special recognition. His first book, Sarmiento’s Travels in the United States in 1847 (Princeton), was chosen by The Washington Post’s Boo
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