I ate breakfast on the banks of the West Branch Penobscot River in Maine this morning. I spent about 20 minutes listening to the roar of the whitewater, class 5 rapids mind you, at a place called the Cribworks rapids. Eventually a kayaker came along and danced among the roaring waves. He was a skilled artist, and at 5:19 in the morning, he could only be doing this because he loved it. This stretch of river is home to the largest salmon run in the U.S. It is world renowned for its fly fishing and kayaking. In the 19th century it was a highway for the timber industry, and the broken boulders are the result of years of dynamite being used on the logjams.
How do I know all this? Well, because I watched all this in the comfort of my living room as the program Sunrise Earth from the Discovery HD Theater channel filled my high definition monitor. Every few minutes a new fact about the Cribworks rapids appeared and would bring me closer to this incredibly beautiful place in America. Can you tell I love my new HD home theater?
January 29, 2015: I updated the links to Sunrise Earth and the Cribworks rapids. We’ve gone from Discovery HD Theater to Discovery Low-Def Blah. Instead, check out this video of riding the Cribworks rapids on YouTube.