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  • The real Rivers of America?

    Quick question.

    When you sit at those far end tables of the hungry bear, you really feel like you're someplace else. I'd like to know where in America there are still places like that. What states still have wooded areas like the ones Davy crocket would have traveled through? Is there any place that still looks like the old frontier?
    In the quest for quality, I have no problem with the characters footing the bill.

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    Re: The real Rivers of America?

    Lots of 'em, fortunately, still scattered here and there all over the country. With allowances for what species grow locally and what season you're there, you can find similar scenes in spots along the American, Merced and Kern Rivers in California; on the foothill rivers of Montana and Wyoming (the Yellowstone River is full of them, many outside the park); in Idaho, Appalachia, and in the south and southeast. The list is much longer. On flickr.com search on river trees -- many thousands of photos.

    Not many are as manicured as Disneyland's RoA, of course, but they give you that same feeling of having been transported to another place and time -- somewhere "ElseWhen" -- although much more powerfully, as you realize that nobody planted it, nobody controls the river, and that there's nobody around but you.
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    • #3
      Re: The real Rivers of America?

      Thanks for the info. The RoA is my absolute favorite place to be at the park and one day I'd really love to see the real thing for myself.
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      • #4
        Re: The real Rivers of America?

        Check out Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.
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        • #5
          Re: The real Rivers of America?

          missisippi?
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          • #6
            Re: The real Rivers of America?

            1.) Get a bunch of sequoia seeds
            2.) Go in backyard and plant seeds around you
            3.) Install a free-flowing fountain nearby
            4.) Get a lawn chair, sit back, and sleep.
            5.) When you wake up, all the trees should be sprouted to their full potential and that free-flowing fountain should of created a wide, peaceful river by then.


            Voila, your very own Rivers of America in your very own backyard...in easy 5 steps no less!

            You're welcome! :thumbup:

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              laugh my butt off^^
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              • #8
                Re: The real Rivers of America?

                When we were heading to Missouri a couple of years ago for their ToonFest, we went through Colorado. Yes, we were on a major freeway, but the river next to us was winding through beautiful country. The trees were just starting to turn for fall. Yes, those areas exist and are worth the effort to find them!
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                • #9
                  Re: The real Rivers of America?

                  Originally posted by Bongo View Post
                  1.) Get a bunch of sequoia seeds
                  2.) Go in backyard and plant seeds around you
                  3.) Install a free-flowing fountain nearby
                  4.) Get a lawn chair, sit back, and sleep.
                  5.) When you wake up, all the trees should be sprouted to their full potential and that free-flowing fountain should of created a wide, peaceful river by then.


                  Voila, your very own Rivers of America in your very own backyard...in easy 5 steps no less!

                  You're welcome! :thumbup:
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                  • #10
                    Re: The real Rivers of America?

                    Originally posted by MrsMonroe View Post
                    missisippi?
                    Good one! :lol:
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                    • #11
                      Re: The real Rivers of America?

                      There was this really cool national park in Southern California that my family used to visit back in the 90s called Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. My cousins and I used to play in the river there and even found a waist deep spring under a waterfall to swim in. I think the park was heavily damaged by the 2007 wildfires though.

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                      • #12
                        Re: The real Rivers of America?

                        Howdy Pards,

                        On the South Branch of the AuSable River...up Michigan way...I remember it well. Those waters run crystal clear through the wilderness areas of Huron National Forest. Dad and I canoed those waters with my Scout Troop. I remember we were roundin' a bend in that river and there up ahead was a beautiful whitetail deer and her fawn drinking from the stream. It was a moment in time I will never forget...

                        There are long stretches of mighty beautiful rivers left in this beautiful country of ours... I've rode the rapids through the back country of Colorado...through rocky canyons and wide open spaces. I've stood on the banks of the Yellowstone River...the Missouri River...the Little Bighorn River and I've lived at the far north end, the middle, and now the far south end of the Mighty Mississippi.

                        I've watched Riverboats on the Ohio and the Mississippi...long, wonderful stretches of backcountry still exist along those rivers.

                        Our media sometimes makes it seem like there are two big cities in this country and baron flyover space in between. Well...my dad grew up along the Red River in Texas not far from where the cowboys pushed vast herds of longhorns north towards Kansas...it's still mighty beautiful country. I've looked out over the Rio Grande in Big Bend Country...and I've watched that big ol' Mississippi flow past Mark Twain's Hannibal. There are still some big, beautiful trees out there...along side of the most beautiful rivers you could possibly imagine.

                        Yessirreebob...America is still a mighty beautiful place...start wanderin' around some and you'll find it...


                        Wild places...yep, they sure are downright good for the spirit. I reckon God knew that...that's why He made 'em...

                        Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.

                        Wild Ol' Dan

                        ---------- Post added 06-28-2012 at 08:08 PM ----------



                        Howdy Pards,

                        There's a lotta history associated with the Rivers of America.

                        "Pushin' horns weren't easy, like the movies says it was."

                        Cowhands travelin' the Ol' Chisholm Trail crossed a lotta water on their way north...
                        the Colorado River, Brushy Creek, the Brazos River, the Trinity Ford, and the Red River.

                        As I mentioned earlier my dad grew up along the Red way, way back just after the 18 hundreds became the 19 hundreds. As a boy he used to run down to the barber shop in that small Texas town and listen to the old cowboys talking about the "good ol' days" out on the Chisholm Trail. But...uh...he told me another story about growin' up along the Red.

                        It was a school day...and, back then, of course, there were no school buses, dad rode his horse to school. Anyways, on this particular day dad saddled up and pointed his horse towards school but for some reason or other the horse wanted to go down to the river instead. Sure was kinda lucky that dad just happened to strap a fishin' pole to the back of the saddle that day. He spent the day down there fishin'...

                        Well, when he rode home that night his dad (my granddad) was waitin' for him...with a switch. He asked, "Where you been son?"

                        Now, my dad didn't say nuthin' at first...he just pointed to a big ol' catfish he had tied on the back of his saddle...then he asked, "You gonna whip me paw?"

                        My grandad had a twinkle in his eye as he said..."Nope. Not if you clean that catfish."

                        Ahhhh...for those good ol' days. My dad told me that story as we were lookin' out over the Red River on my very first visit to Texas...long, long years ago.

                        Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.

                        Wild Ol' Dan
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                        • #13
                          Re: The real Rivers of America?

                          There are spectacular, natural places all over. Some of them can be found where you least expect them. The crystal clear San Marcos River in Texas is one you really should see.

                          I agree about the ROA. Without it, I do not think Frontierland would be my favorite land in Disneyland.

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                          • #14
                            Re: The real Rivers of America?

                            Howdy Pards,

                            Well, now, I reckon the Rivers of America are even more amazin' when you think about the fact that it used to be an Orange Grove...and now, just the other side of that berm you find...well...anything but beautiful wilderness. It's like a beautiful Oasis smack dab in the middle of some mighty dry country.

                            And...that big ol' birthday cake of a riverboat...the Ol' Mark Twain...wellsir, that thar boat has carried more guests than any other steamboat in history. On another thread someone commented...ya know...it ain't just Disneyland history...it's American history. Walt Disney and a few million other folks have fallen in love with Disneyland's Rivers of America. I've counted myself among those folks...since I first set eyes on it...way way back in the ancient times when stagecoaches and covered wagons headed off into the backcountry along it's banks and when real, live Indians danced along it's shores...

                            Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.

                            Wild Ol' Dan
                            Last edited by Wild Ol' Dan; 06-28-2012, 09:47 PM.
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                            I can see the campfires smokin’ at the breaking of the dawn,
                            I can hear the bronco's neighin', I can hear the cowboys sing,
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                            • #15
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                              I love that feeling of sitting in the corner of the hungry bear and waiting for the mark twain to come by and then watch as it dissapears around the bend. I count myself lucky to live at a time that the trees are full grown both here and on the Jungle Cruise because in the parks early days it was pretty tacky looking.
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