My personal selection of fun or useful links
Copyright © 2003, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2016 by Mitchell R Grunes

Caution: This is a purely amateur effort. It is not an exhaustive set of links on the topics involved. The shopping links may not contain the best or cheapest sources of information and gear, just places I happened to run into while looking for something. I haven't completely checked out and cannot vouch for any of these links. Some of this is specific to the D.C. Metropolitan area or the University of Maryland. A lot is not up to date.

My home page (with contact info and info on handling links that no longer work.)
My Math/Physics Tutoring Page
My Professional Page
My My Résumé
My Washington, DC Area Ice Rinks with Schedules
My Ice Skating links
My Modifying Skate Fit and Balance for Health, Longevity and Performance
My Why it's hard to skate in the Spring: Hockey Tournaments and the Economics of Ice Rinks
My Short Treatise on the Art of Falling Gently
My Source code diagramming programs
My List of OTA & Comcast cable channels I get

  Local Paddling Clubs
  Paddling Clubs on rest of US East Coast
  River Water levels
  Current chemical, biological contamination
  Local boating pages
  Sea Kayak launch sites near DC
  National lists of Kayak launch sites
  Sea Kayak launch sites not near DC
  Nautical maps and charts
  Local (Non-WWW) Boating Maps and GuideBooks with launch sites
  Whitewater boating locations
  National Paddling and Paddling Instructor Organizations
  Paddling Instructors, Schools, and Techniques
  Paddling Schools near DC
  East Coast Paddling Schools and clubs not near DC, roughly north to south
  South Carolina Camping mid-way to Florida:
  Florida paddling schools near Palm City
  Discussion Forums
  Upstate NY boating and other activities NY near Ithaca
  Canoe and Kayak Shopping
  Waterproof GPS containers; (for cameras check a search engine for "underwater housing")
  Kayak descriptions
  Making your own boats -woodworking classes
  Kayaking Gear
  Other Paddling links
  Expert forums
  Spyware Malware and Privacy page on disabling Yahoo web beacons
  Operating Systems and such
  Software Download sources and reviews
  Programming Languages: Assembly, Fortran, J, Java, Other
Car and Truck
Dates and times
DC Metropolitan Area
GIS and geology links
Health and Fitness/Injury Prevention/Anatomy
Ice Skating
Music and Video
Phone services
Politics of conservation
Real Estate
Recreation Centers (local)
Shopping, general
Skating (Ice)
Skiing - Cross Country
TV (Television)
TV Channels that also stream on-demand for free
University of MD

Backpacking (local)

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Ski Touring Section (PATC STS); Newsletter, Schedule
Sierra Club chapters
DC Sierra Club calendar
Maryland Sierra Club With links to local group schedules
Virginia Sierra Club groups With links to local group schedules
Virginia/Mount Vernon Sierra Club calendar link
Virginia/Chesapeake Bay Sierra Club schedule
Virginia/Great Falls Sierra Club Schedule
Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC - less serious intense than PATC and Sierra); Trips, by regions Internet forums and meetings, by area
Places to hike
LLBean Parkfinder
Campmor (Probably the biggest US mail order place)
REI (Another biggie)
The lightweight backpacker (
Stephenson's Warmlite Extremely lightweight outdoor gear, at extremely high prices. Warning: vapor barriers, the basis of much extremely lightweight gear, are uncomfortable or unhealthy on many-day trips.
Wanderlust gear - not working last I checked; Same Company??
Zen Backpacking Stoves Info on stoves and fuel cannisters


Local Paddling Clubs near Washington, DC(alphabetical order)
Baltimore Canoe and Kayak Club; was called Greater Baltimore Canoe Club
Canoe Cruisers Association (CCA)
Chesapeake Paddlers Association (CPA); Mailing list (and here), YouTube page
Coastal Canoeists
Monocacy Canoe Club (MCC) Paddle Prattle (discussion board)
Potomac River Paddlers (PRP) (flatwater on the upper Potomac)
Sycamore Island Canoe Club
Washington Canoe Club (mostly racers)
Another list of local clubs on the MCC links page under "Instructors" Internet forums and meetings, by area
Paddling Clubs on rest of US East Coast (alphabetical order)
Rod's Home Port for SurfMarks Mostly surfboarding; surf weather reports

Mid-Atlantic Paddlers Association (mostly racers)
Central NY Kayak Club Comprehensive list of links to clubs, other pages Internet forums and meetings, by area
River Water levels
USGS Real Time Data for Potomac River near DC
National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service
NOAA Gauges
NOAA Weather Service Watches and Warnings
Little Falls level predictions
Waterline national river and flow levels
Rod's Home Port for SurfMarks Mostly surfboarding; surf weather reports
American Whitewater - classes and recommended water levels for many rivers
Chemical, biological contamination in popular boating places I asked websites with this info 7/10/2015 on the MCC board, hoping to find short-term info (e.g., sewage overflows, Red Tide and Vibrio blooms) in an easily accessible format. Not exactly what I wanted, but: Adam suggested
EPA National Listing of Fish Advisories [u]Long term[/u] fish consumption advisories; mostly long-term data
sqrtbtr suggested
EPA Surf Your Watershed environmental groups, and scientific data sources for each watersheds; mostly long-term data
USGS Water-Quality Information; mostly long-term data
Maryland Dept of the Environment Maryland Water Quality Monitoring links
DavidA suggested
Maryland's stream designated use classification - very long term data
Map of same
and also suggested that
If you want data try google. Search terms would be the name of the watershed or water body and the words "water quality assessment". You'll have to learn some biological and physical chemistry to understand what the numbers mean, but really all kayakers just need to stay away from is poo which is everywhere so we don't worry about it. Also, for us generally speaking dilution IS the solution to pollution. Particularly on the Potomac since it is such a large volume river.
E.g., "National Water-Quality Assessment--Potomac River Basin" is about the Potomac and is the main program page.
Local boating pages
Potomac Whitewater Racing Center (PWRC); was called Bethesda Center of Excellence (BCE) a USA Canoe/Kayak National Training Center
Potomac River Festival associated with Potomac Great Falls races
Reminder: Waters at Great Falls Park are off-limits (to the military)
However, This claims it doesn't apply to [u]paddling[/u] by Fort Meade personnel, as of 2015 - but I found several contradictory claims, so if you are military, check with appropriate authorities at base.
Potomac Heritage; National Scenic Trail MD, DC, PA, VA
NPS Paddling Trip Ideas
Chesapeake Bay Foundation John Smith Water Trail
Sea Kayak launch sites near DC
CPA club launch sites page; Map
Saki's Kayak Launch Sites Page
Patuxent River Water Trail Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge launch sites, among others
BUT the directions and location for Scott's Cove recreation area, and nearby sites, may be a bit off. e.g., Scott's cove is approximately at 1104 Harding Rd; 39.13414N 76.8927W - From 29, east on Old Baltimore Pike, left on Harding at T, find ramp down to reservoir on right near Scott's Landing Rd.
Paddling in Maryland: Kayaking in and Around the Chesapeake Bay
Sea Kayak Chesapeake Bay
DelMarva Paddlers Retreat (Greenland paddlers) Facebook page for same
Delaware Coastal Area Put-ins from same
Delmarva Paddlers (Yahoo discussion group)
Kayak Delmarva (Blog)
Chesapeake Network
Captain John Smith James River Trail
Eyes on the Bay Maryland tidal water quality data (may not be up to date)
Maryland's Online Water Access Guide
Virginia Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries: Public Boating Access
Maryland Public Access, Water Trails and Recreation Planning (DNR)
PaddleQuest Maryland: Guide to Southern Maryland Kayak and Canoe Trails St. Mary's, Charles, and Calvert counties
National lists of Kayak launch sites
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Water Trails
Blackwater Wildlife Refuge Maps, Friends of Blackwater
Sea Kayak launch sites not near DC launch sites looks cool - International, but mostly U.S.
LL Bean Parkfinder Click on Boating
Water Trails Locator (National list by state)
Nautical maps and charts
My GIS and Geology links
Potomac Basin Maps
Map page from Anacostia River Society
Free NOAA chart server
NOAA BookletCharts
NOAA Nautical Chart On-Line Viewer
Federal Wildlife Refuges Many with maps
Maryland Public Access, Water Trails and Recreation Planning (Maryland Dept of Natural Resources)
The Potomac River and the C&O Canal Map Downloads
Anacostia River Water Trail Guide
Boating (Maryland DNR)
Pocomoke River State Park Maryland DNR link, with map links
Tilghman Island Water Trail
Mathews Blueways Water Trails (Shows small map; Virginia); can purchase 6 maps; can get mailed free from here
Fishing Bay WMA (Water Trail; includes map)
Local (Not free) Boating Maps and Guidebooks with launch sites
Waterway Guide: Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay (chartbook)
Other Waterway Guides
Guide to Cruising Chesapeake Bay (chartbook)
Nearby Canoeing Streams [In the Piedmont and Appalachians Areas Near Washington DC] by Ron & Cathy Canter (out of print)
DeLorme, Maryland Atlas and Gazetteer. (Not all launch sites exact)
DeLorme, Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer. (Not all launch sites exact)
Keystone Canoeing book by Edward Gertler
Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails book by Edward Gertler
Hiking cycling and canoeing in Maryland book by Bryan MacKay
Sea Kayaking Virginia: A Paddler's Guide to Day Trips from Georgetown to Chincoteague book by Andrea J. Nolan
Sea Kayaking Maryland's Chesapeake Bay: Day Trips on the Tidal Tributaries and Coastlines of the Western and Eastern Shore book by Michael Savario and Andrea Nolan
Sea Kayaking Along the Mid-Atlantic Coast : Coastal Paddling Adventures from New York to Chesapeake Bay book by Tamsin Venn
Exploring Flatwater book by Ed White, Mary Gregory (Eastern VA and North Carolina Coast)
Exploring flatwater: Eastern Maryland and Delaware book by Ed White
Exploring flatwater: The complete outer banks book by Ed White
Exploring the Chesapeake in Small Boats book by John Page, Jr. Williams
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) Map, including D: Potomac Gorge Area (Great Falls VA and C&O Canal NHP)
Janes Island State Park Water Trails (Maryland)
Whitewater boating locations
American Whitewater (AW) Camping near Gauley
AW MD Rivers (whole country)
Potomac Paddlers - pictures of the Potomac River and its Paddlers

National Paddling and Paddling Instructor Organizations:
ACA American Canoe Association Great page, with links to clubs, classes, events - the dominant U.S. paddling instructor certifier
ACA lists of classes (As mentioned below, mostly old-school instruction.)
ACA instruction schedule
British Canoeing; Was called British Canoe Union (BCU)
  North American Chapter: Paddlesports North America
  I think British Canoeing instruction is better in virtually all respects than ACA instruction.
  Their BCU Canoe and Kayak Handbook, and BCU Coaching handbook are among the best books on paddling and paddling instruction ever written, but are out of print.
United States Canoe Association Instructor training
Other Paddling Organizations
USA Canoe / Kayak US Olympic member organization (racing). They used to teach and certify, but have largely allowed ACA to take over that role.
Paddling Instructors, Schools, and Techniques
(Mostly Written in early 2000's; a bit dated.)

I'm not sure how the schools mentioned below have changed.

Not all paddling schools are created equal, nor do all kayak instructors teach the same techniques. (I restrict this discussion to kayaks.)

I ignore here schools that only try to teach kayaking in less than an hour. A reasonable degree of mastery requires more time. Without that, you are limited to very slow, stable boats, under very easy conditions, you don't learn to play, and you will probably paddle very inefficiently and get sore. On the other hand, such lessons are the way many people begin. They then buy (or rent very expensively) those slow stable boats - and often feel, a month or two later, that they need a more playful and/or faster boat, to play or keep up with other paddlers.

Lesson learned: watch any instructor teach someone before taking a lesson; take a brief lesson with him or her before paying for a long expensive workshop, to determine if his/her teaching style is your learning style. You may learn from demos, verbal feedback, physical guidance, and/or analysis. Pick a teacher who teaches accordingly.

I am too cowardly to be a good kayaker. But I have learned a few useful tricks for injury prevention.

Most U.S. whitewater kayak teachers advocate the "old school" style of motion endorsed by the ACA (American Canoe Association), which relies on redundant techniques to prevent shoulder injury: keep shoulders, arms and elbows down and arms forwards of the body. They rely on keeping the body on the front deck to let the helmet protect the head while underwater - which is great if you have the flexibility.

I think some ACA-trained instructors advocate limiting the range of motion too strongly. Any time you use too much muscle tension or resistance to limit motion, you lock your muscles and joints in place, which greatly reduces your safe range of motion, making injuries much more likely. In addition, the muscle tension may itself break your bones, or tear muscles and ligaments. Try to stay loose. (But old school folks ARE partly right. If your shoulder is forcibly pulled into a high back position, shoulder dislocations and/or muscle tears occur easily, especially if your paddle is out to the side, and is pulled around by the force of the current.)

"New school" instructors (I took from Eric Jackson and Danny Stock, but they no longer teach much in our area), and paddling schools like Valley Mill Kayak worry less about limiting range of motion. They may say to keep shoulders down, but not as much about keeping the arms forward too. This is a more athletic and effective approach, which allows much more effective boat control.

And many new school instructors argue that rolling upright as quickly as possible takes priority over keeping the head on the front deck during rolls, which may or may not be right, depending on circumstances and your flexibility. An alternate technique to protect your head is to bring your arm across your face - a bit risky, both for the uncovered part of your head, and for possible arm dislocation, but the best you can do if you aren't flexible enough to bring your head to the front deck.

There is a very important distinction between "displacement hull" boats, such as sea kayaks, touring kayaks, rec boats, some creek boats, most slalom boats, and an older generation of "old school" whitewater and play boats, and "planing hull" boats, such as the most modern "new school" whitewater play boats, as well as ocean surf boats. When you paddle forwards, displacement hull boats draw surface water towards the boat and then push it downwards. Planing hull boats pull the water from below and push it outwards - a reversed circulation pattern. Displacement hulls tend to be a faster than planing hulls (though planing hull motor powered speed boats are faster, because they lift most of the boat out of the water). This can be very important if you are racing, or trying to keep up with a group of fast paddlers. But, as will be discussed below, for paddled boats in conditions where speed is not paramount, planing hulls let you keep the paddle and boat lean on the side that allows for much better control, especially if there are significant waves or currents.

The displacement hull water circulation pattern means that static bow draws ("Duffek draws"), where you plant the paddle far forwards on the side towards which you wish to turn, work very well, because the paddle catches the outgoing surface current, and also stabilizes the boat against the centrifugal forces generated by the turn. But on a planing hulls, this move actually functions as a pry, and tends to spin the boat out of control (especially if you expect it to act as a draw), or flip it (because the current catches the edge of the boat). The right technique with planing hull boats, sometimes called a "moving Duffek stroke", is to pull the paddle inwards next to the hip, even though it leads to a marginally less "safe" shoulder position. The resulting greater boat control, which means you go where you intend, is argued to be more important than using only "safe" body positions. (Eric Jackson said "Better boating is safer boating." I think he was right. Losing control is unsafe.)

Likewise, an efficient technique with displacement hulls is to lean outside of desired turns. The displacement hull circulation pattern pushes and pulls the water in such a way as to move the boat into the desired direction. Though it is an advanced technique, because it destabilizes you against the outside lean created by centrifugal forces associated with the turn. Furthermore, if you use the lean to turn downstream with respect to the main current, such as into an eddy, you eventually have to switch leans, or the edge of the boat will catch the downstream current and flip the boat. In contrast, with planing hulls, you lean inside the desired turn, as on a bicycle, which takes advantage of the reversed circulation pattern to push and pull the boat in turn direction. At the very start of the turn, this does catch the edge, but it probably won't flip because of both centrifugal force and the fact that once you turn far enough into a current, it will stabilize you. Furthermore, your paddle is on the side you are turning towards, which gives you much better control over what the boat is doing - an overwhelming advantage of planing hulls in water with large waves or currents.

Using the turn technique appropriate to the boat hull type not only enhances control, but it keeps up your speed better through turns. Some of the older literature doesn't recognize the difference between displacement and planing hulls. I was once taught to use displacement hull turns, which kept causing me to lose control on my planing hull kayak, by an instructor who was more familiar with old school planing hull kayaks. I assumed I was doing something wrong, but I was simply taught wrong.

Virtually all modern paddling instructors advocate using spinal rotations about the waist, using your core muscles (abdominal, lower backs, legs) to move the paddle from side to side, and very little motion of elbow and shoulder joints. It should almost all be done with "torso rotation" about the waist. This is because the core and lower body muscles are stronger and less likely to be injured. You also get much less sore, and can paddle further, and faster, without getting tired. It works! But I've seen a fair number of paddlers with a history of spinal injury get re-injured in classes advocating that, even at entry levels - they should be very careful about spinal rotations, and I believe they should be asked about back and spine injuries before being pushed into using spinal rotation. Perhaps it makes also sense for most of us to move to full range of spinal motion gradually, rather than in one lesson. For those who don't have spinal problems and want to use this technique, let me warn you that most paddlers who think they are using torso rotation to drive themselves forward or backwards barely do so at all. Try watching your belly button, and make sure it moves as much as you can - a bit hard to see with some paddling jackets, but well worth it to develop this technique.

Most ACA-trained instructors advocate keeping a firm grip on the paddle with one hand, so it only rotates with your wrist, and a loose grip on the other, so it can rotate by slipping. They also advocate taking the paddle out of the water mid-stroke, next to your waist, so you don't waste energy lifting water. For me, it is much more efficient, and comfortable to keep a loose grip on both hands, and allow the water to orient the paddle, and to do full length strokes, especially on long paddles. To some extent I guide paddle rotation by the path of the paddle in the water - straight or gradually curved line motion tends to make the paddle act like a parachute, and create the most efficient possible push against the water, whereas more sharply curved motion, such as a slight outwards push at the end of the stroke creates, causes the paddle to "feather" (turn) sideways in such a way as to minimize interaction with the water, and avoids lifting water. British Canoeing organization materials mention this superior technique as one alternative, and it is also frequently used by Greenland style paddlers. However, the ACA-advocated technique works better for brief high speed sprints, such as paddling up a rapid or catching a wave, because it lets a strong paddler move more water more quickly with your paddle. In addition, the ACA-advocated technique lets you use support strokes (see below) better, because you can't press down on the water as well when the paddle is behind you.

To clarify, the handhold should only be loose enough to allow free rotation. Never let go of your paddle. Your paddle is your life. Even outside the boat, you can probably swim faster by using the paddle as though you were still in the boat. Just as you should almost never wet exit - you are almost always better off inside the boat, which provides a lot of flotation and protection. I had to train myself to stay calm to do that. In emergencies, panicking usually just gets you in more trouble. If you stay calm, you can usually find a way out.

Many paddling instructors (including those following the ACA syllabus) teach "braces" - support strokes (which push down on the water to avoid tipping) from the start. Support strokes are very hard on arms and shoulders and probably cause many injuries. In addition, if you angle the paddle a little bit wrong, they will take you under. I say reserve support strokes for where they are needed - rolls, certain specialized surfing maneuvers, and exiting "window shades" (in which a wave breaks over your boat, causing it to roll continuously). If you keep your body centered over your boat, accomplished partly by staying loose at the hip, partly by actively moving your body center closer to the centerline of the boat, you rarely tip. If you lean over in order to execute a brace, that will shift your weight sufficiently to the side to make you need that brace, and to feel that you can't do with it. Stay loose, upright, and properly centered, and you won't need the brace in the first place.

Most group lesson whitewater boating instructors entertain more than teach, pushing you into the thrill of whitewater rapids as soon as possible, and rely on those redundantly "safe" body positions to keep you safe. But many new schooler instructors see themselves as serious athletic coaches who aim to train serious athletes, often competitive athletes, so they concentrate on fundamentals before allowing you to advance with sloppy technique. They may make you spend at least a few days mastering proper technique before pushing you into moving water, arguably a better approach to safety.

I think British Canoeing (was called BCU; North American Branch: Paddlesports North America) advocate better and more up to date paddling techniques than ACA, but ACA dominates the U.S. instructor certification scene. If you can find "British Canoeing" or their slightly older "BCU" classes, I think they are better.

Pick whichever philosophy appeals to you. New school teachers worked much better for me, but philosophies vary. Many modern teachers, especially sea kayak instructors, and British Canoeing instructors, try to take the best elements of both teaching philosophies. And find an instructor whose teaching style works for you.

Paddling Schools near DC
See Kayak Tour_Operators: East_Coast A large list
Atlantic Kayak, Fort Washington, MD; Indian Head, MD; Nanjemoy, MD
Bay Kayaking Brian Blankinship - I have taken from - a very good instructor, especially for performance paddling; he is also a dealer for Epic kayaks and paddles
Blue Gnu Kayak Washington, DC area
BoatingInDC Rents and stores boats, teaches boating, at multiple locations
Calleva School of Paddling Tom McEwan et al
Canton Kayak Club A commercial "club" that lets you use their boats in Baltimore Harbor, also teaches.
Canoe Kayak and Paddle Company (CKAPCO) Mike Aronoff et al (includes ACA certification)
Mike Aronoff is a very prolific instructor trainer, and wrote most of the ACA teaching materials. I tried unsuccessfully to be certified by him in an ACA Instructor Development Workshop. He taught almost exclusively by demo, without the verbal description and feedback, physical guidance and analysis, which I need. His style was also completely impossible for my body, especially, as I figured out for myself later, because the paddle I brought wasn't long enough to do offside strokes well with my limited side-bend flexibility, and his technique for doing "hand of god" assisted rolls also works much better for people larger, heavier and more flexible than me. My fault: I did not watch him teach, or take a short lesson with him, first. Had I done either, I would have realized I could not learn much from him. But, in all fairness, his teaching style may work for you. And perhaps he teaches differently outside certification clinics.
Chesapeake Kayak Company Dave Biss and Cyndi Janetsco (I know them both; good instructors)
Coastal Kayak, Ocean City Steve Rohrs, Julio Perez, Laura Murray
Liquid Adventures Tom McEwan, Sarah Park et al
LL Bean teaches sea kayaking. They want you to buy a kayak, so lessons are relatively cheap. (Disclosure: I used to teach "Walk-on adventures", but I think they have been discontinued in Maryland.)
Maximum Whitewater Performance Davey Hearn
Outdoor Excursions at least used to teach a much more conservative old school approach. I took lessons from founder Scott Coulter. Although I eventually moved to new school teachers in whitewater, and to various other teachers for sea kayaking, Scott is an extremely experienced and well respected instructor. They teach both whitewater and sea kayaking.
Potomac Paddlesports Store has a lot of resources, like a library
River Wind Kayak (Tom Nickels' Sea kayak lessons - also teaches with Potomac Paddlesports)
Twisted Creek Paddlesports Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, MD
Ultimate Water Sports Baltimore area: kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, Skis, Snowboards - also rents, can join to use gear often.
Valley Mill Kayak School is the area's best known new school whitewater paddling advocate (unless that has changed), and teaches an aggressive new school style.
Virginia Sea Kayak Center Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and surrounding Hampton Roads areas
East Coast Paddling Schools and clubs not near DC, roughly north to south (I also mention ACA IDW courses for instructors.)
Castine Kayak Adventures Castine, ME
Coastal Maine Kayak & Bike Kennebunkport ME
H2outfitters Orr's Island, ME
Maine Island Kayak Company Portland, Maine
Maine Kayak New Harbor, ME Damariscotta, ME; Muscongus Bay
Paddle And Chowder Society central Maine
Sea Spray Kayaking and Paddleboarding
Tidal Transit Boothbay Harbor
Water Walker Mid-coast ME
World Within Kayaking Ogunquit, Maine; no group lessons
Plum Island Kayak Newburyport, MA
New York State
Central New York Kayak Club
Kanawake Canoe and Kayak Club (upstate NY)
Ithaca Kayak Club
Cornell Outing Club (Ithaca, NY) Trips, lectures, gear - any local can join
Cornell Outdoor Education Cornell Athletic Departments office with similar services + lessons - also open to general public
Cayuga Trails Club (not boating, but outdoors)
Manhattan Kayak Manhattan, NYC
The River Connection Hudson Valley
New Jersey
Kayak East Columbia, NJ
The Carolinas
Barrier Islands Kayak Southern Outer Banks Swansboro, North Carolina
Carolina Coastal Adventures Carolina Beach
Kayak Carolina Carolina Beach
Nantahala Outdoor Center Bryson City, NC
OceanAir (SC) Folly Island, SC
Paddle NC Fluid Motion Paddling School Carolina Beach State Park
Sea Kayak Carolina Mt Pleasant, SC
Watersmith Kayaking Wilmington NC
Sea Kayak Georgia (Schedule includes ACA and BCU classes) Tybee Island, GA
The Sea Kayaker Atlanta, Georgia; Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay
Up The Creek Xpeditions Georgia kayak outfitter near Cumberland Island National Seashore.
South Carolina Camping mid-way to Florida:
Santee State Park year-round camp and paddle, Lake Marion south shore
Florida paddling schools near Palm City
Aardvark's Florida Kayak Co
kayakonline kayaking in Florida
Sweetwater Kayaks Saint Petersburg, Florida (not so near); I attended their fabulous kayak symposium

Discussion Forums
Monocacy Canoe Club (MCC) Paddle Prattle (discussion board)
Northeast Paddlers Message Board Internet forums and meetings, by area

Upstate NY boating (and other activity) links
Central New York Kayak Club
Kanawake Canoe and Kayak Club
Ithaca Kayak Club
Cornell Outing Club (Ithaca, NY) Trips, lectures, gear - any local can join
Cornell Outdoor Education Cornell Athletic Departments office with similar services + lessons - also open to general public
Cayuga Lake Watershed Network
Puddledockers Kayak store in Ithaca on Cayuga Lake, sells maps
Paddle-N-More Kayak store in Meyer's Point, Lansing, on Cayuga Lake; other locations
Southern Tier Kayaks, LLC Runs kayak tours in NY southern Tier; Facebook page
Finger Lakes region map with parks (Gorges, hiking, swimming, boating) Welcome to the Finger Lakes
Map of south part of Cayuga Lake
  including Robert S. Treman Marine State park and Stewart park (entry and lunch points) - zoom out to see
Robert S. Treman State Marine Park Free kayak put-in
Stewart Park Free kayak put-in; Map
Taughannock Falls State Park has a paid kayak put-in, swimming, Camping; Map
Ithaca Farmer's Market (sea kayak accessible); Map
Ithaca Falls; Map; Approach may be sea kayakable from below from Cayuga Inlet. Do not run the falls unless you are insane.
Special Adventures - Paddling in the Finger Lakes Region
Ithaca Yacht Club Just north of there is a rock beach whose owners let kayakers stop; Just opposite the lake from there (2.5 miles from the south shore) is small cove where you can stop; both according to John Fereira Internet forums and meetings, by area
Off-water Ithaca, NY and nearby area activities
Taughannock Falls State Park has Camping through ReserveAmerica
(So do Watkin's Glen and Sampson); also has nice walk
Treman State Park Has beautiful gorge walk, says Fereira
Ithaca Festival Music, Dance and Arts festival
Paleontological Research Institute Museum of the Earth Fossils and cool tee shirts;
Their Finger Lakes Geology page
Sapsucker Woods Bird Sanctuary Bird watcher's paradise, places to walk
History Center of Tompkins County
Finger Lakes Wineries & Tours
ScienceCenter Kid's science museum
Cornell Botanic Gardens (Was Cornell Plantations) Plants to see, places to walk
  Plant science destinations Map; E.g. Weed Teaching garden includes poisonous plant collection
Joint Ventures Cornell club to learn about Ithaca Ithaca/Tompkins County Visitors Bureau
Ithaca Events
Ithaca Singles Group / Ithaca Sociable Singles Regional activity listings
Corning Glass Museum in Corning Internet forums and meetings, by area
Canoe and Kayak Shopping = local
Atlantic Kayak (stores in metro MD, VA- rents, sells boats)
Potomac Paddle Sports Rents and sells boats (Rockville, MD)
Annapolis Canoe and Kayak Rents and sells boats (Annapolis, MD)
Beacon Surplus and Outdoor (Waldorf, MD)
Valley Mill Boats (Germantown, MD)
Jackson Kayak
Canoe and Kayak Shopping = non-local
Appomattox River Company
Paddling,com Boat classifieds, etc.

KAS Transport Highly recommended Canoe and kayak transport (if Web page doesn't work call 201-956-4342)
Sports Express (another shipping company)
Forward Air (another shipping company) (but check web reviews)
Canoe and Kayak Shopping = local and non-local
Cabelas - someone recommended their kayak covers
Craigslist Click on metropolitan area, then boats
Canoe and Kayak Shopping = manufacturers
Waterproof bag and box Shopping = local and non-local
Tilos Dive supplier
Waterproof GPS containers (for cameras check a search engine for "underwater housing")
Witz Small waterproof cases
Trident dry-pak waterproof GPS bag rated to 60 feet (One of the 2 I bought leaked)
Similar, for camera
Trident's own page (dive supplies, wholesale only)
Watershed Dry bags recommended by "Swimmer" on MCC board
Ewa-Marine: underwater enclosures
Also try a and search for camera
Pelican waterproof cases, packs, flashlights
Canoe and Kayak Shopping = boat making and repair supplies
Sweet Composites run by Jennifer & Davey Hearn; sells fiberglass and other composite boat supplies, used to be John R Sweet Co.
Aircraft Spruce Another composite supplier
Eager Polymers Another
RAKA Another
Fiberglass Warehouse Another
Fibreglast Another
West Systems Expoxy and related info
ageebike - discount roof racks
Beacon Surplus and Outdoor (Waldorf) Dealer for Extend-a-truck (custom rack stuff) used with receiver hitches,
  like those installed by The Hitch Man - but see also devices made by Thule, Yakima.
Kayak descriptions
Making your own boats -woodworking classes, resources
Rockville, MD Woodcraft In-store Woodworking classes
Woodcraft of Springfield, VA In-Store Woodworking Classes; Associated wood shop
Thomas Jefferson Community Center (Arlington, VA)
Reston Community Center (Hunters Woods) has a wood shop
MCPS Adult Education
Maryland Adult education courses in general
Maryland Adult Education
Maryland Adult Education resources by state
Fairfax County Public Schools
Same, instruction
Lowes free home improvement classes (select zip code 20784, New Carrolton)
University of Md ENBE 200: Fundamentals of Agricultural Mechanics (usually "restricted to required majors")
Making your own boats -boatbuilding classes, resources
Chesapeake Light Craft classes, plans, kits, books, videos
Calvert Marine Museum (Solomon's Island) Sometimes offers classes
Solomon's Island Model Boat Club (uses museum wood shop)
Wood Working Schools list at
Mariner Museum (Newport News, VA) Sometimes offers classes in boatbuilding
North Carolina Maritime Museum Boatbuilding classes
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum offers boatbuilding classes, like Apprentice for a day (just $15-25) (near Chesapeake Light Craft)
Pygmy boats Another such company
Geodesic Airolite Boat Designs Yet another
RedFishKayak and another
Kitguy Make your own everything, including other boat kits Various boat plan designs, some free
Living Classrooms Shipboard Education & Environmental Outreach Programs (Baltimore) Is this just for kids?
associated Maritime Institute, Fells Point, Maryland
Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Park - has boat building classes
The WoodenBoat School Brooklin, Maine
The Landings School Arundel, Maine (40 week program + a few workshops)
The Boat School Eastport, Maine (full time only)
International Yacht Restoration School Newport RI; course schedule
John Gardner Boat Shop Mystic Seaport, Connecticut boatbuilding courses; course schedule
Free Boat Design Resources Hull Designer Shareware for wooden boat design
Qajaq USA / Qaannat Kattuffiat Greenland Kayaking: newsletter has boatbuilding articles
Cape Falcon Kayak and other small boats including classes (and including SOF=Skin On Frame)
Traditional Kayaks
The Berkshire Boat Building School (Maine, New York and Vermont)
Rivers West (also see links)
Unicorn Kayaks
Monk Craft Kayak (Alameda, CA, or come elsewhere)
wolfgang Brinck
Euckworks (offers classes)
Northhouse Folk School (Grand Marais, Minnesota)
Dreamcatcher Boats
Advice on classes (Search page for "class")
Kayak Way (Rock Island)
Shearwater Boats
Urban Boatbuilders
Dyson Dyson, Baidarka & Company: Kayak Skin Materials
RobRoy Dyndns web page, including Baidarka mailing list that above came from
Yostwerks Kayak building manuals Boat Building and Design, Trips and Techniques Build your own kayak
Red Fish Kayak Custom wood Kayak & Canoe Company - with home boatbuilder directory
MAS Epoxies; How to Videos and Guides
Wood Magazine, including free videos
Klein Tools handbooks and booklets on hand tools and their use
James Madison University: Hand Tool Safety
Hand Tools Institute
Essentials of woodworking: a textbook for schools By Ira Samuel Griffith Hand tools videos more videos
HandyGoddess videos at
ToolGirl videos
Homier Very cheap tools (Note: Cheap tools are not always good)
Harbor freight Very cheap tools
Northern Tool More cheap and not cheap tools
Greenland Paddle Making Instructions from CPA forum discussion:
Links mentioned in above: Measurements, George Ellis's instructions, Chuck Holst's, Qajaq USA's, World of hardwoods, Free state Timbers
Wood Shops and clubs that you can use
Howard County Woodworker's Guild (Columbia)
Annapolis woodworkers guild
Annapolis Woodworker Guild
Fort Meade Arts and Crafts Center (Looks wonderful, but not open to most of us.)
See more local guild and club lists,
(e.g., Maryland: Baltimore, Crownsville, Ellicott City, Forest Hill, La Plata)
(e.g., Virginia: Alexandria, Arlington, Burke, Christiansburg, Fairfax, Farmville, Herndon, Mclean, Midlothian, Narrows, Portsmouth, Roanoke, Salem, Springfield, Vienna, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro)
Woodmagazine Woodworking Clubs List
World of Hardwoods
Florida paddling clubs near Palm City)
Coastal Conservation Association schedule of events
Florida Sport Paddling Club
Palm Beach Pack and Paddle Club
Florida Sea Kayaking Association; Paddling clubs
Space Coast Paddlers East central Florida
South Florida Kayak Club
South Florida Kayaking Meetup
Suncoast Sierra Club
Club Kayak Florida's Premier Paddlesport Community
Wilderness Trekkers Paddle-bike-hike central FL
The Dixie Division of the ACA Florida Club Listings
Florida Sea Kayaking Association Their Paddling club page Internet forums and meetings, by area
Places to paddle in Florida
Gliding Along the "Forgotten Coast" of Florida (article, with links)
Florida Dept of Environmental Education: Office of Greenways and Trails: Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail
Other Non-local clubs
Delmarva Paddlers; events, completed events
Sea Kayaker Magazine: Kayak Clubs Internet forums and meetings, by area
Information and techniques
NOAA Marine Forecasts
Text versions of Coastal Marine Zone Forecasts by the Baltimore/Washington, DC Forecast Office
NOAA tides for our area
NOAA Wind chart for Chesapeake Bay
Atlantic Kayak expert center; BCU training program
BoatUS Foundation Free on-line boating course (not kayak specific)
Kayak Carolina IDW information pack
KayakWiki Techniques
LL Bean skills
Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Philip Merrill Environmental Center
IDW from
Lake Accotink Bean site: 7500 Accotink Park Rd, Springfield, VA
Animated kayak instruction from
Kent Ford's Video E-school (Internet Explorer needed
Other paddling related resources
University of Maryland Books on Sea Kayaking
Susanita's blog
Speed Trap Exchange
National Motorists Association More speed traps
Two sources on cold water survival: 1 and 2

Symposia and paddling shows
Sweetwater's Florida [Gulf Coast] International Sea Kayak Symposium held in February
Paddlesports Show Somerset, NJ 3/23-25/07
East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival (Charles County Parks and Recreation) 4/17~19/09; Another page Charleston, SC
CPA SK102 Skills Clinic 5/1-3/09, Lake Anna, VA
Chesapeake Bay Paddlefest (last was 5/3/08) Gunpowder Falls State Park
Southern Outer Banks Sea Kayak Symposium Swansboro, North Carolina 6/7-10/2007
Downeast Sea Kayaking Symposium 9/11-14/2009, Bar Harbor, ME
Delmarva Paddler's Retreat 10/17-19/08, register 7/07
Delmarva events completed events - includes other symposia
OkoumeFest Wooden boats, run by Chesapeake Light Craft
Mid-Atlantic Kayak Festival 5/15-17/09
Kayaking gear
Beacon Surplus, Waldorf, MD
Kokatat dry suit, gore-tex dry suit by Kokatat, dry suits in big and tall and women's sizes. Dry suits for catamaran sailing, rafting, kite boarding, rowing Dry suit Kokatat Gore-Tex dry suit and Tropos dry suits, men's and women's Gore-tex dry suit, custom fitted with optional features on dry suits for river and sea kayaking, free shipping from Seattle, WA on all new dry suit sales
Lomo UK Scuba gear, including wetsuits, dry suits
  wetsuit repair, including other businesses
Other Paddling links Comprehensive list of links
Monacocy Canoe Club (MCC) links list
DCPages Kayaking and Rafting
The Asheville (NC) Area Boating Beta Page
Adventure Sports Center International (Maryland artificial whitewater course)
NRG’s Dickerson Whitewater Course (also in Maryland)
Holtwood Whitewater Park on the Susquehanna
Susquehanna Whitewater Park
Whitewater Parks International Plans and builds artificial whitewater parks.
World Kayak Federation (WKF) was associated with Eric Jackson, his paddling schools and the organization of early whitewater rodeo competitions. Mostly old, but related web pages are still active:
  World Kayak Network (blogs)
  World Kayak web development and marketing affiliations (kayak expedition reports)
  Jackson Kayak


Area bookstores
Cheap Textbooks - BookByte
New and used textbooks
new and used college textbooks
BookHolders (Has store in College Park)
Maryland Merchant 70-90% Discount Books/Columbia, MD and shows discount technical books sells almost everything, gives descriptions, excerpts Note: web page includes no address or phone.
Barnes and Noble
Bartleby Books Online Searches other sites Buy & rent textbooks
SF Site Science Fiction books, reviews
SF Signal
Google Books Many of these books are free Free books
Project Gutenberg More free eBooks
The Online Books Club -
Best Places to Get Free Books - The Ultimate Guide

Car and Truck

Edmunds (cars, trucks)
auto rebates
Kelley Blue Book
Official Gov't Site For Vehicle Safety Recall Info
Another Official Gov't site for vehicle safety recall info
Gov't Search for Recalls, original and non-original equipment
eBay motors
US Government fuel economy site
Car talk Special Needs equipment


Expert forums Lots of computer expertise More general questions, but some computer stuff
GNU Gif Patent stuff
Chilling Effects: Reverse Engineering
UCITA and Open Software
U.S. Code Title 17 Circumvention Free educational trainig
Cinda's Business/Computer Education site
RFC 1738 - Uniform Resource Locators (URL) describes URL format
Spyware Malware and Privacy
Zone Alarm firewall from Zone Labs free version available
VMWARE free player PC emulator, good idea for browsing?
VMWARE provided virtual boxes
Bochs PC emulator
QEMU PC emulator
Virtual Box PC emulator Virtual boxes for same
Flex86? - another emulator
AdAware spyware remover; free version available
AnswersThatWork Task List Programs
Windows Process Library The Elder Geek on Windows XP
Turn Off Unnecessary Windows XP Services
Microsoft Services Descriptions
US-CERT Vulnerability Notes Database
AZPCHelp Startup Program Listz Fairly comprehensive explanation of running processes
Winguides tweaking, managing and securing the Windows operating system
PCWorld spyware related software
CNET spyware removal software Caution: Some software I downloaded from this site was Malware.
Neuber Software Security Task Manager
The GNU C Library - Table of Contents
10 Speed Tweaks that can make a huge difference in Vista performance
XP Boot disk
Microsoft Multi-boot setup
Creating A DOS Bootable USB Key (All-in-One Package)
Microsoft Technet
Software software download site - e.g. antivirus (avg, antivir), UBCD ultimate boot cd
U of Maryland Virus Software
Antivirus Download from CNET
Brava Reader Reads PDFs - less crippled than Adobe Reader
Microsoft Windows Update (out of date)
How do I reset Windows Update components? (Fixing Windows Update)
Convenience Rollup (updates) for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (use cumulative quality rollups)
  (Rollups run better if Windows update service is turned off)
Microsoft windows update catalog
Windows Update Troubleshooter
(3rd party) Repair or reinstall Windows Update
Get the free Microsoft Windows Security Update CD.
"Windows Update error 0x80070490" (use System File Checker tool, DISM...)
Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.
  Details are included in windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log.
  e.g. C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log:
  How to replace Microsoft software or hardware, order service packs and product upgrades, or replace product manuals
Zone Alarm from Zone Labs
Quick View Plus Views many file formats, including non-crippled power point - 30 day trial
Sample ddrescue + gzip call: (ddrescue is on systemrescucd)
ddrescue /dev/sdb1 | gzip -9 > /hdd2/bkup/sdb_1.img.gz Free software configured to run out of a single directory - e.g. a USB memory stick.
Open source software: An all-star lineup Describes
  OpenOffice word processing, drawing, presenting, database
  Firefox web browser
  Thunderbird email
  Audacity sound recording, podcasting; (tutorials are listed here)
  CD Burner XP CD/DVD burning
  Gimp image editor
  7-zip zip format data compression/archiver
  Clonezilla hard drive cloning
  DoISO make bootable CD for Clonezilla
  Filezilla FTP client or server
Operating Systems and such
Redhat Linux (Commercial version)
Fedora (Redhat's latest free Linux operating system)
Cygwin (Redhat's Linux inside windows)
Be sure to get wget, to download webpages with things like:
wget -r --follow-ftp --random-wait -l2 -e robots=off -H --convert-links &> wget1.log
wget -r --follow-ftp --random-wait -l0 -e robots=off --convert-links &> wget2.log
Note: "-e robots=off" is impolite, but is needed to mirror stuff.
loadlin - load linux from dos E.g., To install Redhat through a USB CDROM, copy loadlin.exe together with the contents of images\pxeboot from Disk 1 of the Fedora 3, reboot into MSDOS mode, type
  loadlin vmlinuz /dev/sda1 ro initrd=initrd.img
ntfsresize Resize NTFS partitions from linux
Linux Mint An easy to use windows-like linux
Info on using NTFS partions from linux
ReactOS Free Open Source Windows XP Clone
VMWARE (Non-free) PC Emulator
VMWARE provided virtual boxes
bootable Live [linux] system on CD or DVD (for disk recoery)
DDRESCUE Data Recovery Tool (associated with above)
Damaged Hard Disk (recovery info)
Software Download sources and reviews
Softpedia A great source!
CNET Note: I like their reviews, but you may accidentally click on a "downloader", which is a lot like malware.
CNET free software Note: See above.
CNET Reviews
GNU free software directory
Tucows (reviews software, including free software -- click on downloads)
Namecheap A reasonably cheap domain registrar. A FREE website hosting service - no ads, lots of space. Hosts this site. Works beautifully most of the time so far. A similar service, untested by me Another one
  Additional similar services Use your PC as a wireless router. PC must have WiFi hardware. Broadband internet reliability issues
Geobytes - locations of IP addresses
WhatIsMyIPAddress Another such service.
Internet Speed Test Sites (A list and evaluation)
OOLA Internet Speed test
AT&T Internet Speed Test Internet Speed Test (Uses actual data??) Internet Speed TEst
BandWidth Place HTML5 Speed Test Internet Speed Tests
Some Yahoo Services (listed because they kindly used to host this site) DejaNews Usenet Archive
Yahoo Groups (discussion groups)
Yahoo Mail
Switch back to classic yahoo mail
Yahoo Search
DMOZ Directory of Internet links
Yahoo Babelfish web page translations
Other Useful Internet services Internet Archive Wayback Machine
Internet FAQ Archives

Programming Languages: Assembly
Jergerlehner Intel Assembler 80x86 CodeTable
Intel Assembly webring
NASM assembler Unix Assembly
FreeBSD Assembly Language tutorial
Assembly Language resources, (including Intel documentation)
Intel manuals
Intel stuff relating to instruction sets
Programming Languages: Fortran
Fortran Standards documents from gcc WIKI
Fortran 2008 Draft Standard
Fortran 2003 Final Committee Draft
Fortran 77 Standard
J3 - Fortran Standards
The Fortran Company
Fortran Library (with links)
Introduction to Fortran Visual Studio Programming Languages: J (from APL developer)
JSOFT Lots of free eBooks about software development (but check whether copy is legal first)
Programming Languages: Java
Dr. Daniel Wolf's Howard Community College Java course
Sun Java Documentation List of documentation - a bit confusing
Sun: The Java Tutorial Good starting point, but hard for beginners
Index to same
Sun API Applications Programmers Interface - lists classes, packages
The Java Language Specification Very detailed info
The Java[tm] Tutorial Books Other free online Sun books
Programming languages: Other
David Fanning's Coyote's Guide to IDL Programming
IDL Libraries Browser
Using IDL to Manipulate and Visualize Scientific Data An online tutorial
IDL Programming Resources
RSI Inc Provides IDL, ENVI
VNI Provides PV-WAVE
Gnu Data Language GDL = Open Software IDL clone
Matlab Clones including Octave and Scilab
The Free Country Free compilers and software
Guide to Computer Training: Resources for Programming Language
NOTE: Not all sold software is legit. I'm not sure how to tell, but any legit company should provide address and phone contact info
New Egg (discount electronics)
Printpal cartridges
PC Mall Note: web page includes no address or phone.
ANSI webstore - buy ANSI language standards
Calibrex comparison software shopping
Tiger Direct (Computer and electronics sales)
Fry's (Computer and electronics sales)
MarketPro - runs computer shows in some areas
Handheld PCs that run normal windows...
Dynamism (Japanese market extremely portable computers, including Sony U101, U1, U3)
  Alternate sources:, HFT Direct From Japan, iCube,
  Kemplar, Kurns & Patrick,
Antelope MCC small computer plugs into desktop or portable cradle about hand-held pcs The Home Of UMPC - (Ultra Mobile PC) Video Reviews
1 src forums
(US) Compact TV Tuners for UMPC
Hauppauge WinTV HVR 950 UMPC TV Tuner/DVR Review
Artec T14A Mini USB 2.0 Digital TV Tuner
Fuji PLUS USB HDTV ATSC/NTSC TV Tuner For PC&Notebook FD-USB728 USB 2.0 Interface
Pinnacle PCTV 1080i USB TV tuners


(See Ice Skating for ice dance)

Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW) (dance)
DC Dancenet
DC Dancenet's Regular Dance Party Events
Waltechs Dance links in Baltimore (and vicinity)
Yahoo Directory of Dance
Folk dance association (lists regional dance locations) Washington D.C./Baltimore MD Dance
Glen Echo National Park activities
Written and Historical Data for Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo
A General History of Glen Echo Park, Richard A. Cook (1997)
salsanewyork NY style Salsa on two/ourdancemusic.htm salsanewyork Same web site, about Basic step
Salsa dance patterns (for salsa on 1) (fairly detailed)
Dance notes: salsa
Click for lessons List of studios teaching lessons (mostly commercial)
Henry's Dance Hotlist
Dance TV Learn to ballroom dance online
Folk dance association (U.S. and Canada Dance groups)
Ted Cranes Dance database
The Dance patterns database (also includes program for creating patterns)
Dance steps from EZ 30 minute dance course
Elements of English country dance
History of dance; other articles on dance on health, including steps
SCA Dance page (very old dances)
Renaissance dance and music
Worldwide Internet Music Resources: Dance and Ballet
American Ballet Theater Dictionary (of ballet terms)
Joe Body Dance Links
Physics of dance
Yahoo dance categories: because I got tired looking Internet forums and meetings, by area

Dates and times Official US time of day - requires Java
U of Maryland Academic Calendar
Calendars, yearly and perpetual
Federal holiday calendars

DC Metropolitan Area
DC Metro trip planner (subway, bus)
DC Metro regional transit links e.g., other buses
Link: Reston Town Center Line
Prince Georges county Transit Information (In upper right)
UMD Shuttlebus schedule; free pass links for College Park, Greenbelt, Hyattsville residents
Public transportation Options in Your Community Very good links from APTA Internet forums and meetings, by area

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and Geology

MD, DC and Virginia geology
Prince Georges County Atlas
Maryland Geological Survey
Sea Kayak Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Science on the Internet for Educators
Downloadable charts of Chesapeake Bay area
York County, VA Blueways Map of water routes
Virginia Rocks and Ridges
Virginia Dept of Mines, Minerals and Energy
The Geology of Virginia (Colelge of William and Mary)
USGS Water Resources for MD, DE and DC
List of state geological survey web sites
Another such list
NOAA Nowcoast gis mapping - includes guage mapping and data
Software, hardware, including GPS
DeLorme Mapping and GPS Software
Center for Advanced Spatial Tech: Starting the Hunt FREE: GIS Data & Map Layers
Yale Map Collection info and sales links - very informative
Just GPS Links
Garmin - manufactures GPS
Magellan - manufactures GPS
Lowrance - manufactures GPS
TomTom - manufactures GPS
Anglers Electronics - discount GPS (cheaper if buy through Yahoo shopping)
Adventure GPS
Pocket GPS World (PDA GPS plug ins)
Caution Most Watch sized GPS's run out of battery power fast
Timex/Garmen GPS watch - needs seperate GPS device
Garmin Forerunner, Foretrex GPS watches; also here
Suunto: x9i GPS watch GPS Watch with 5 hour battery time

Panbo: The Marine Electronics Weblog Portable Amerigo portable nav, open source
Map sources
(MapTech) Mapserver
MapTech navigation software, charts, GPS
Mapping Tools, Distance and Coordinate Calculators, Atlases, Outline Maps, Satellite Imagery, GPS, and GIS Datasets. US Government parks and recreation facilities
USGS Geographic Names Service Search for a name, find maps, images
HSU Library Maps and Atlases: Topographic Maps Shows major sources of digital maps in the U.S.
Garmin City map viewer online map viewer
Yahoo maps; API
Google maps; API
Google earth
Open Street Map Free open source street map
Waze a good Free Street navigation app
Wikimapia A free, complete, multilingual, up-to-date map of the whole world
Map for above
Hiking Project Free open source hiking maps
Maps on Us
Globe Explorer
1D03 Map Collections
NLA Cartographic Links
USGS links
USGS main site
USGS Eros data center
USGS Node of the National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse
Microsoft Terraserver
Another Terraserver link
USGS Geography: Viewing USGS Maps and Aerial Photo Images Online
LandVoyage unlimited use memberships available
Free Geodata
NOAA Oceanservice - includes nautical charts stuff
NOAA Nowcoast gis mapping

Remote sensing data
Pertaining to SAR:
Radar Remote Sensing - including tutorial on Radar polarimetry
Tutorial on Radar Polarimetry
Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
Alaska SAR Facility
JPL pages on imaging radar
SAR references
JPL distributed active archive data
Some more such JPL data, including AIRSAR
Radar sensors and techniques
Alaska satellite site
Remote sensing in general:
Professor Paul Mather home page, including Remote sensing and GIS links
Interesting WWW addresses
CEOS Committee on Earth Observation satellites
Arun's other links
JPL remote sensing bookmarks
Astronomia database
Old (English) DLR page
New (mostly German) DLR page
Other remote sensing information
Radar tools for linux
Softpedia engineering tools
GISDataDepot - General GIS Information

Health and Fitness/Injury Prevention/Anatomy

My A Short Treatise on the Art of Falling Gently
American Red Cross Courses in first aid
Red Cross On-Line Training
Price list from Susquehana Valley Red Cross
Wilderness Medical Association Courses in Wilderness First Aid
Center for Wilderness Safety
Stretching FAQ sports injury prevention page
Cramer Injury Location Diagram
Fitness Connection
Misc. Athletic Training & Sports Med Links
WebMD Medical Symptoms
Mayo Clinic - look up diseases, symptoms, treatments
Some other medical search links Free and $10 on-line physician / specialist consultations
American Academy of Family Physicians You can search their journal archives Click on Health and safety (mostly commercial)
National Center for Biotechnology Information
U.S. National Library of Medicine; National Institutes of Health Includes health information
Nureyev Medical Website Information on injuries due to dance
USFSA Official Sports Science and Medicine Volunteer Network info and links, such as SPIN!
"Skating Injuries And Their Treatment"
"How To Evaluate Figure Skating Injuries"
Virtual Sports Injury Clinic
Medscape Drugs & Diseases - peer reviewed comprehensive reference
NIH Drug Information Resources
Emory University: The Best Free Drug Reference Apps Dangerous Drugs and Medical Devices (a lawyers' group)
Patient Assistance (pharmacy discount) for uninsured patients Walmart & other pharmacies
goodrx Stop Paying too much for your prescriptions Get Multiple quotes
Shop Costco for drugs (members only; mail order prices only)
Safeway Discount Prescription Card
Target $4 Generic drugs (May disappear from screen if you don't stop it.)
Nutrient Recommendations: Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI)
QuackWatch Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions by Stephen Barrett, M.D.
Wikipedia: Weight Training
Exercise Music Aerobics instructions on aerobics various celtic music organization index music index
Music video
Jumpybumpy: lots of music, but U.S. people must mail order from UK. I like some of their selections.
Multitrax: Big Europian music and video publisher
WaterWorkout tapes, music
carol largo water exercise tapes
ricierecordingstudio Aerobic Water Workout Fitness Training
Maui motions water workout dance and exercise videos
How To Exercise At Home: The 50 Best Free Online Workout Resources' Great Resources!
Centralhome Dance, Exercise, Sports and Fitness Videos & DVD
Fitness Video and DVD Superstore workout videos, music...
Activevideos dance, exercise, sports videos, music
Falling: I believe in practicing gentle falls, but am still collecting info on this
CDC: Falls and Hip Fractures Among Older Adults
Doctor Healthy Net: Falls and Hip Fractures Among Older Adults
Analysis of movement strategies during unexpected falls
(Medical anatomical vocabulary is completely without value, but is needed to read tracts on injury prevention)
Gray's Anatomy (a classic text on anatomy; perhaps replaced by Moore and Daly)
Musculoskeletal Atlas by Carol Teitz, MD and Dan Graney, PhD
Yahoo Anatomy directory
Emuseum Human Anatomy
Enchanted Learning: Human Anatomy
Human anatomy in cross section
PSU Biology 29 Human Anatomy
Java Applets to view Visible Human Data (more future promise than present)
Medical Mnemonics
Upper Extremity Muscle Atlas
Lower Extremity Muscle Atlas
Human Anatomy Web Links by Dr. Karen E. Petersen, U of Washington

Ice Skating Links

My Washington, DC Area Ice Rinks with Schedules
General Info on Ice Skating
My Short Treatise on the Art of Falling Gently
My Why it's hard to skate in the Spring: Hockey Tournaments and the Economics of Ice Rinks
Modifying Skate Fit and Balance for Health, Longevity and Performance Journal of an adult figure skater; includes a novel Recreational Figure Skating FAQ SkateWeb: The Figure Skating Page (many skating links).
  Reference Material includes publication lists, dance patterns and music, ice physics, etc.
  News includes many forums, mailing lists, webzines, etc.
Coffeeskate Ice Dance Patterns and video links
Kseniya and Oleg Official YouTube Channel Shows Ice Dances - Great resource
Glenburg Figure Skating Club (NZ) Figure Skating Elements Move videos, descriptions
USFSA (U.S. Figure Skating Assoc) support materials, including rulebook (ordering paper copies) (The USFSA Basic Skills Instructor's Manual, with info on how to do basic moves up to single jumps, is only given to instructors registered through a USFSA Basic Skills program.)
More USFSA rulebook stuff
USFSA Rulebook (on-line)(Check all the tabs!)
USFSA Basic Skills outline
USFSA Singles/Pairs Judging Manual for Test Judges' Training (April 2008)
USFSA Moves in the Field: Move-By-Move Analysis~Common Errors and Test Standards; Reasons for Development (feb 2002)
USFSA Judging Manual for Ice Dance Judges' Training (Oct 2008)
USFSA (ISU?) Grade of Execution (out of date?)
  Dance OD & FD 2009-10,   CD 2008-9,   2009-10,   , FD(short)
  Singles 2008-9,   2009-10,
  Pairs 2008-9,   2009-10
United States Figure Skating
Members only page for same
USFSA pattern marking forms, with patterns
2004 USFSA Rulebook
Figures portion of same
USFSA SPIN! Skating Practioner's Information and Idea Network Includes exercises Teaching arm for basic USFSA and USA hockey skaters Event videos - mostly USFSA
Canadian Ice Dance patterns
Australian Ice Dance Patterns
Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC) Sports (including live video)
Universal Sports NBC Sports TV Channel (includes some ISU skating competitions)
ISU (International Skating Union)
ISU Components videos on YouTube - very good
ISU Single and Pair Skating, Scale of Values, Guidelines for marking GOE and Levels for 2008-2009
ISU Single and Pair Skating GOE and Levels of difficulty for 2009-2010
ISU Ice Dance
ISU Publications Most of the ISU rules are in the Communications section
ISU Links Page Really nice links page. e.g. Various nation's discussion forums, many other useful links
ISI (Ice Skating Institute) sells cheap "Skaters and coaches handbook" and a "Test Standards DVD" that gives many detailed instructions
Some of their other publications - on-line
PSA (Professional Skaters Association
ISA (Ice Skating Australia): ISA Rulebook, ISU judging system
Reference Links for Skaters and Coaches from (excellent list)
Roller and Ice Dance Patterns from zzbarneg site Notice also the ice dance videos !
Jeff Goldsmith ice dance patterns (requires Netscape, Java, click on edges, label, draw rink) : Products, articles, social event schedule
Cheryl Richardson's Skating Ahead of the Curve e.g., Training exercises, History of Skating
Practice Exercises On-Ice & Off-Ice Training plans
Sk8Strong: The #1 Off-ice Training Resource for Figure Skaters and Coaches (sells training DVDs, manuals and equipment)
Figure skaters off the ice (exercises)
The Off-Ice Edge (exercises that advertise their equipment
Plyometric / Calisthenic Workout - 10/12/2008 by ngstylez workouts blog
  e.g. Plyometrics
Suricati's YouTube page of figure skating elements
Review Of "US Figure Skating's Skate Coach App For iPhone or iPod Touch or iPad"
Review of "SK8 Sports Figure Skating iPhone/iTouch/iPad App"
Michelle Kwan Figure Skating demo
XSENS full body capture clothing that might be used with software...
MotionPro Video Analysis and motion analysis software
The Virtual Library of Sport - Skating
Biomechanics I: Principles of Movement
Physics of dance - doesn't mention skating, but some relationship
Jump Physics
The Physics of Ice Skating
Physics of Skating
More skating physics from a hockey web site
[Glenbrook] The physics of sports
The physics of figure skating
The Science of Jumping and Rotating
The physics of dance
The Mathematics of Figure Skating
Figure skating spins
The Physics Of Figure Skating
YouTube video about jumping & spinning sports medicine,904.0/topicseen.html Charles MacDonald's Skating Links @cforums Figure Skating Discussions
Washington Figure Skating Club (WFSC): Other Figure Skating Web Sites
Technical Figure Skating by Kevin Anderson Jackson Skates--includes description of spins, jumps, short program elements Figure Skaters Website: sitemap, including pictures and descriptions of moves Related definitions and instructions on skating moves Nice set of links + on-line lessons on How to Ice Skate -- oops, this is now a roller site, no lessons More on-line lessons on ice skating More on-line lessons on ice skating Similar British site Videos on how to skate (text is Russian, but videos are clear)
Figure Skating Tutorials, Exercises & Tests How to just barely pass jump tests under USFSA rules - but not be graded well
(not so) Basic jump moves
Skating Ahead of the Curve Cheryl Richardson, figure skating coach and choreographer, offers fresh insights on free skating training.
Element Recognition How to recognize skating moves
Figure Skating Jumps Explanation of all jumps in figure skating. Originally uploaded by z4mboni to YouTube. Yahoo skating directory : includes list of dance weekends ice dancing, including partner search
I SkateMagazine Partner Search (in Britain)
637 human selected ice skating links
EHow Figure Skating Videos
Ice Dance Music Exchange: A source of ice dance music
Gerry's dance music and patterns
Dance Skating Music
Dance Music Getting dance music for U of MD dance classes members
DancePlus The Information Source for Ballroom Dance Music (sells CDs)
Skate Sharpening Information for Freestyle and Dance Skaters. (some things controversial)
Skate Sharpening for Figure Skaters FAQ
Skateology Technical info on sharpening - including sharpening equipment, manual
ScienceOfSharp Straight Razor sharpening experiments, lots of electron micrographs forums, info, ads
Article on shoe and boot modification
SportsFansOfAmerica Ice Skating Links
Encore Skating Apparel (Used skating clothing)
An eBay skating dress store
US Ice Wear New and custom skating outfits
Sewing for figure skaters Make your own soakers, over-boot tights, boot covers, skirts...
Grassroots to champions: Young Artist Showcase
Mr. Edge's website Questions to Mr. Edge through USFSA site
His book: Anatomy of a Figure Skating Injury
Ice Skating Forums
Usenet archive for groups
Other Yahoo ice skating groups Yahoo Ice Dance Groups E.g.,
  Ice dancers,
  ICWDC: Ice Club of Washington, DC
  compadultsk8s ~ Competitive Adult Skaters (CAS)
  UKskaters primarily for skaters in the UK
  Ice Skating World forums
  AdultEdge Mailing list for intermediate to advanced adult figure skaters (Forums for skaters, parents, coaches, fans) All Unread topics
Archive of old forum More of same
The British equivalent
USFSA Skating forums
The Michelle Kwan Forum The "On The Ice" forum is about technique
Sasha Fans forum
Figure Skating Universe (Forums mostly for fans)
Golden Skate "The largest portal on the internet for figure skating resources" - includes many forums free skating videos
Universal Live and recent sports (including skating) broadcasts
Dancing on Ice TV show - UK only
Heather's Figure Skating TV Schedule
Ice Skating: Shopping
Ice Skating Suppliers
Pro-filer Ice skate sharpener I've used this Pro-Filter info on skate blades
Instructions for Pro-Filer Someone else's notes
Ice Palace Catalogue info on blades lists more info on blades - click on blades
Recreational Figure FAQ Skating - section on blades
Sweetstick sharpener Haven't tried it
USA Skates discount skating store

Laurel Springs School K-12 Distance Learning
Annenburg Learner Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

Caravan Skates The store is closed, but proprietor Don Giese did a good job of fitting me for one pair of skates, does great sharpenings, and helped make someone else's job of fitting skates fit me better. He plans to operate at a smaller scale out of Bowie, MD: call 301-262-8042. Plans to sell at discount over the internet. Other people mention other local stores and people as good, like Mike Cunningham of Skater's Paradise (Waldorf, MD), and someone near Bel Air Ice Arena (MD).
Ice Skating Equipment and Supplies in Maryland
Rainbo Sport Shop
Discount Dance Supply Dance clothing that someone in skatingforums liked
Skate Connection Discount skate store in Delaware, keeps many skates in stock
Discount skates
Northern Ice and Dance Discount skating equipment.
Dante Cozzi Sports Discount skating equipment
Ultimate Skate Low price guarantee on Instructional Videos and Paramount blades
Tidewater Ice Discount skates. Will beat prices on MK, Wilson & Ultima blades
Kinzie's Closet Discount skates
Figure Skating Store Has some high end close-outs
Midwest Skate clearance blades New and used skate stuff
Ice And Roller Skates A British company, with discount boot and blade prices.
Demon Xtreme Another British company, with discount prices.
Hockey Monkey (also sells figure skates) Shoe Stretchers (boot press, ball and ring, rub bar)
Montana Leather Shoe Stretchers
Tognar Toolworks Ski & Snowboard tools for modifying boots
Silipos gel filled products (for your feet)
Skating Safe gel and fall protection products
Angel Prosthetic Gel Sock I wonder if this would work over your feet
Bunga Pads gel filled products (3 pages)
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company Shoe & Bootmakers - includes The Crispin Colloquy (forum) and a good links page.
Yahoo Medieval-leather group
Facebook forums: ShoeMaking, BootMaking, Leather Work, UK Leather Workers, Middle Kingdom Leather Workers Guild
Mahi Leather News General Info about leather - Interesting; includes info on leather care and repair.
My page on leather skate boot care
Supplies for your own rink - ice and synthetic surfaces (synthetics may not work as well as ice.)
Back Yard Rinks (ice)
The Back Yard Ice Rink
Kwik Rink (synthetic)
ColdProducts (including ice and EZglide synthetic)
Ice-Nook (synthetic) The One Million Dollar Enclosed Ice Rink
Custom Ice Rinks - (real ice) including estimated costs


Prince Georges County Memorial Library System
Movie download
Anne Arundel County Public Library System
Montgomery County Public Libraries
Enoch Pratt Free Library (Baltimore)
Baltimore County Public Library
Howard County Public Library
The National Archives Lots stuff to look at
WorldCat - Find items in libraries near you
Open Library
The Free Library
Free Academic Databases (search, books, journals...)
Google Scholar
Yahoo Learning (Kids) Homework Help
CiteSeerX Scientific literature digital library and search engine
ELearning Learning Collecting the best information about ELearning
Elsevier Information on journals in a wide range of academic fields
getCITED Publication and citation information on academic articles whose information is entered by members
SCIRUS Science Specific Search Engine
Wikipedia list of academic databases and search engines many of which are free
Major Paid Subscription Academic Databases (search, books, journals...)
Ohio State University Library Research Databases List
Lexis Nexus
Minor Paid Subscription Academic Databases (search, books, journals...)
Factiva Business news and information
Gale Information solutions for libraries, schools and businesses
LION Literature Online
Questia The Online Library of Books and Journals - humanities and social sciences
Wharton School


DCMetro Greenbelt movies

Music and Video

(see also TV (Television)) Washington DC Metro Music Information community music group list
Dailymp3 freebie MP3 music conversions and utilities
(free) Audacity sound editing software
  Tutorial: Audacity; By Jeremy Rue
  How to clean up digital recordings using Audacity
  How to Cut Music With Audacity and other tutorials
  How to Slow Down Music With Audacity and other audacity tutorials
Online Tone Generator For testing hearing, audio systems
(YouTube) Audio and Video Downloader (for Firefox; YouTube doesn't want downloads to work; If it doesn't, update it and try again tomorrow)
Video DownloadHelper (for Firefox, many websites; same remarks on what to do if doesn't work.)
Olympics video cartoon
Music Theory at 8 Learn to sight sing
CDigix music and movie download service used by U of MD
YouTube Various free videos
Apple iPod software
Free podcasts: Digital Podcast National Geographic Pandora Free or paid music
Spotify Similar
Google Music
Streema Free on-line Radio and TV
IHeartRadio Lots of free radio stations
Cannadian NFB Online videos Many are free
Berkeley's free course broadcasts
Same for Boston University
Same for lots of schools
and more, more, and more
Online Undergraduate Degree Programs


Yahoo News
Yahoo Finance
Cryptome (computer security)
EyeSpy magazine (British)
Washington Post - visit newspaper sites without private info

Phone services

AT&T GoPhone
AT&T Wireless
PCS Vision
PagePlus Cellular (I have used; Prepaid standard plan is a cheap way to use Verizon service)
SafeLink Wireless Offers free cell phone + service to low income families. (Government sponsored; other companies do that too - look up LifeLink.)
CellGuru comparison chart of prepaid cell plans

The Best Deals On Prepaid Mobile Data Info on cell phone features
Cell phone repair center 2538 Virginia Ave, NW, Washington, DC; near Watergate Hotel, 202-298-6104, 240-464-9091, 443-889-6665
GMPCS Satellite phones
Global Comsat Phone
USADatanet phone service Do Not Call advertisers list

Free Broadband Internet services
Freedompop "Free" cell phone service; data service (with device purchase)
NetZero Another "free" Internet service
Note: FreedomPop and NetZero's "Free" claims need clarification:
Freedompop's free wireless would be cool if it wasn't so shady
FreedomPop free plan is a bit dishonest
Free computer to computer/phone services (there are many others) (are these spyware?)
Yahoo Messenger with voice (Also has 2 cent/minute link to land line)
Skype (I use. Erratic connection quality, but usually works.)
MagicJack Skype competitor (I have used; usually works well, but first few seconds of call are erratic.)
netTALK Another competitor (not tried by me.)
Google Voice, About Google Voice Another competitor - log in here (Can forward calls to multiple phones; Can also use "Google Hangouts" app on cell phone; or bothboth.
  To forward Verizon or PagePlus voice mail to Google Voice, dial all 3 below:
  *71[Google Voice number] (Conditional forwarding: transfers to Google Voice if Verizon phone is busy or unanswered)
  *90[Google Voice number] (Busy Transfer: transfers to Google Voice if Verizon phone is busy)
  *92[Google Voice number] (No Answer Transfer: transfers to Google voice unanswered calls
Google Hangouts

Politics of conservation

League of conservation voters

Real Estate


Recreation Centers with classes (local) (Click on Recreational Facilities)
Greenbelt Recreational Brochure
Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center Additional info
Fairland Sports and Aquatics Complex
Greenbelt Community Center
Planet Fitness (Greenbelt Plaza) Gym - occasionally charges $99/year, as of 2016
Adele H Stamp Student Union Art & Learning Center
University of MD Campus Recreation Center
Non-credit classes and workshops and social (University of MD from graduate student life handbook)
Training at Maryland
PG County Parks and Recreation
Montgomery County, VA Parks & Recreation
MNCPP Community Centers
Maryland State Gym (Upper Marlboro, MD) Child and adult fitness and gymnastics programs

Shopping, general

Big Lion Comparison shopping price comparison shopping
Paypal Pay by credit card for things at eBay and elsewhere
eBay Member Profile Search
Odyssey Auctions Searches eBay?, Smaller than eBay - less reputable?
Craigslist Local shopping (ads for free) - like Classifieds
Freecycle Offer or take items for free from other local members
BuyNothingProject Local Facebook groups similar to Freecycle
State-wise shopping directory
Better Business Bureau
McMaster-Carr General hardware supplies
Foreign import product lists Mostly wholesale; sellers not rated
AliExpress - Consumer buys through Alibaba (I think); (I have no experience with it)
List of competitors to AliExpress
Shopping Item Reviews
Student discounts Student Advantage Tech
Gradware Academic software
Health insurance and medical discount plans
Free discount drug card
  Actually points to 50% drug discounts from Canada - legit?
Another, from

Cinergy Health Insurance that covers the expenses you are most likely to need, but not catastrophic care. Perhaps because some health providers only work with insured individuals?

Skiing - Cross Country

(Thanks to Aavedal and Westernik for contributing many of these)
Ski Clubs
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Ski Touring Section (PATC STS)
  Mailing list: Newsletter, tentative schedule
Ski Club of Washington DC (SCWDC) - mostly downhill skiing
Tug Hill Ski Club: includes conditions for Winona Forest, TUG Hill, NY Internet forums and meetings, by area
Weather (for skiing)
PATC STS ski conditions
NOAA Weather Service Watches and Warnings
West Virginia and MD weather
Garrett County (western MD) ski reports alternate
On the snow find the snow ski and snowboard resorts, XC skiing, snowshoeing and snow sports
Weather Underground
Pennsylvania XC Ski areas
Pennsylvania XC Ski Areas Skisite
Pennsylvania XC ski Areas A1 Trails
Pennsylvania XC ski areas dcnr
White Grass (Canaan Valey) resort weather
Weatherbug hourly reports, by zip code; requires download, security risk?
Nat'l Weather Service Main Web page
Pennsylvania XC Ski Club web pages, has weather Select State and click on XC ski button Click on a county to get forecast
AccuWeatherR5-Day Forecast by city
NOAA weather forecast by state WV road reports
Intellicast Highway/Driving conditions
WV road condition reports
Nasa Earth Science Office: Goes Interactive Global Geostationary Weather Satellite Images
XC Ski Places (MD)
Catoctin Mountain
Cunningham Falls Not certain if they ski there
Deep Creek Lake
Elk Ridge Nature works: near Savage River Lodge
Greenbelt National Park
Herrington Manor and Swallow Falls State Parks
New Germany State Park; Ranger office: 301-895-5453
Rock Creek National Park
Savage River Lodge; phone for New Germany/Western MD conditions: 301-689-3200
Sugarloaf mountain
Swallow Falls State Park
Directory of MD state forests and parks
MD Dept of National Resources
XC Ski Places (NH)
Jackson Ski Touring
XC Ski Places (NJ)
High Point
XC Ski Places (NY)
Osceola Tug Hill X-Country Ski Center
Tug Hill Ski Club: includes conditions for Winona Forest, TUG Hill, NY
The 1880 House B&B, in the heart of Salmon Country, Pulaski, NY; alternate
Hidden Acres Lodging near Tug Hill
More Tug Hill area lodging from MexicoTrailTriders
More Tug Hill area lodging from
More Tug Hill area lodging from
Tug Hill Area Super 8 motel
Cross Country Ski Areas of New York
NY Times article mentioning 44 ski areas - downhill or XC?
CROSS COUNTRY SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION Map and Directory of Member NY Cross Country Ski Centers
CCSAA directory
Welcome to the Tug Hill Region
I Love NY tourist site: includes ski places
NY Wildlife Management Areas; some include skiing
XC Ski Places (PA)
Allegheny Nat'l Forest Northern PA 814-723-5150
Blue Knob State Park (Claysburg) phone (800)-458-3403 or (814)-239-5111
From DC: PA turnpike west to Bedford (exit 11). North on US 220 to Osterburg. North on PA 869 to area.
Crystal Lake, Hughesville PA (northern PA); other site (out of date?) Crystal Lake Ski Center, 1716 Crystal Lake Rd
From Harrisburg go north on US 15 to I-80. East on I-80 to PA 147. North on 147 to US 220. Follow 220 north to Tivoli.
Ski touring center 570-584-2698
Conditions and Ski Info 570-584-4209
Hidden Valley, Somerset, PA near One Craighead Drive, Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania 15502
From DC: PA Turnpike west to Somerset (exit 110). West on PA 31 12 miles to area.
Snow report: 814-443-2600 or 800-443-7544
Laurel Mountain State Park; (Jennerstown)
See also state web site same as for laurel ridge?; Downhill portion web site
Snow conditions at Laurel Ridge STC, Rockwood PA; State Forester, Rockwood, PA: 724-455-3744 or 724-455-7303
Mount Davis, Grantsville
From Cumberland go west on I-48 to US 219 North. US 219 to Salisbury, then north to St. Paul. Watch for signs.
North Woods of Southern Forbes State Forest
From DC: PA Turnpike West to Somerset (exit 110). West on PA 31, 12 miles. Across from Hidden Valley.; Map
Seven Springs (Downhill ski resort)
Susquehannock State Forest 814-274-3600
PA Tourism site lists lots of resorts includes restaurant coupons
XC Ski Places (VT)
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Mad River
XC Ski Places (WV)
Blackwater Falls; nordic center: 304-478-5005
Canaan Valley State Park; phone 304-866-4121
Cranberry Nordic STC, Marlington 304-653-4826 or 800-225-5982
Cheat Mountain Club
Elk River Touring Center, Slatyfork WV; phone 304-572-3771
Timberline (Canaan Valley, WV) phone: 800-snowing, 304-866-4801
White Grass; Phone: 304-866-3114
White Grass's links to many other resorts.
White Grass's links to lots of other resorts
White Grass's links to lots of other resorts
Note links to many other resorts.
XC Ski Places (WA)
Mount Washington Hotel and Resort
XC Ski Places (Canada)
Cross-country Skiing in Canada
Quebec government site on cross country skiing
A Cross Country Ski Directory
Ski Info
CCSAA XC ski directory Journal of Nordic Skiing
REI: Learn & Share -- Snow Sports


(See also My GIS and geology links )
Hotel coupons
Cheap Hotel Rooms
Fairbeaters airfares (student travel) air fares (name a price, it may be met)
TravelZoo top 20 deals Discount bus fares
Discount Airlines (flights usually not listed by above sites)
America West
ATA Airlines
Frontier Airlines
Independence Air
Jet Blue
Southwest Air
Spirit Airlines
Other travel links Traffic cameras -> Students Abroad -> Before You Go -> Health -> Vaccination
  Click on "Learn About Your Destination" for country specific info
Vaccinations to travel to the U.S.
The Essential Guide to Travelling with a Medical Condition

TV (Television)

(see also Music and Video)

TV forums

TV program listings
TV Guide listings
Yahoo TV listings By zip code
TIVO Online Enter zip code - similar
ZapItTV listings more detail
Comcast (XFinity) TV listings (Use Internet Explorer or Firefox, select zip code
  Comcast TV channel line-ups (requires Microsoft Internet Explorer). To see the cheap packages (starting at $13-$14/month), search for "basic cable".
Comcast: just for PG County, MD (Lanham line-up) Channel line up
Just Answer: Comcast Help and support for Comcast
then double click on provider)
TV Show Calendar goes farther into future than TV Guide
Movietube TV episodes, movies
Lists of antennas, antenna info
MythTV info on scanning for clear QAM channels
Myth TV A free software DVR
Silicon dust links to find broadcast channels
Antenna Web Lists broadcast TV stations by location More Over The Air and antenna info
HDTV magazine list of HD broadcast stations
AfterDawn discussion forums (TV related)
Watching TV shows online (alternatives to cable, satellite)
Yahoo TV shows online
Yahoo View free TV episodes and movies - includes the free parts of Hulu
Kodi A free IPTV streaming app
Note: You can find many "Kodi" or "Android TV" boxes on-line at eBay or Amazon, that can be used to watch TV and movies from various sources over the Internet, without a PC. From experience, many are fake or don't work - I suggest you restrict yourself to orders from top rated sellers from your own country.
Vudu (some of shows & movies are free; a good list of free & paid online shows)
Major Paid Internet TV (IPTV) Services (prices may be old) $8/month TV episodes and movies (8 days after showing)
  SomethingToStream on Hulu List of Hulu Shows and Movies
Roku A competitor to Hulu, and boxes to access Hulu-type services
Netflix $8+/month (mostly movies)
Amazon prime $11/month Mostly movies Gives lists of Amazon and Netflix movies - excellent page!
Sling TV $20-$40/month Live & on-demand TV channels
  Techhive review of Sling TV, with Replay table
Playstation Vue $30-$55/month Live & on-demand TV channels
  Techhive review of Playstation Vue
DirecTVNow $35-$70/month Live & on-demand TV channels, Channel Lineup

TV Channels that also stream on-demand for free
Criteria for inclusion:
English Language, U.S.-viewable.
Broadcast, cable or satellite channels (to just get the big guys, and stay legal).
No X-rated (or above) adult content (because I don't want to look at it).
No apps required on PC except a common web browser & Flash, from their own websites.
No credit cards, financial or identity theft stuff required (I'm paranoid).
Not just a few teasers for a paid service - though in some cases, you can only see most recent episodes for free, typically by choosing show, then episodes.
General Programming
ABC (some markets - see also Yahoo View)
Disney Channel and Disney Junior (Some programs - click on show)
Fox (Click on Show - see also Yahoo View)
Freeform (Click on show, watch latest episode) (was called ABC Family)
MPT Maryland Public Television & MPT2(Create) (PBS affiliate) (Click on show)
WETA (PBS affiliate) (Click on show)
USA Network (I got this to work before, but not recently)
Disney XD
Smile of a Child
News & Info
BBC World News
Bloomberg Business TV
CCTV4 (from Chinese Government)
AgapeTV (Christian, Tanzania)
Daystar (Christian)
EWTN Global Catholic Network
Hillsong Channel (Christian)
JCTV (Christian, Pakistan)
Juce (Christian)
Light Network (Christian, Phillippines)
Lighthouse Channel (Christian, Uganda)
Miracle Channel (Christian, Canada)
TBN Trinity Broadcast Network (Christian)
TBN Europe (Christian, Europe)
TBN Pacific (Christian, Pacific)
TBN Salsa (Christian, for Latino-Americans)
TBN UK (Christian, UK)
TBN Africa (Christian, Africa)
The Word Network (Christian)

Includes links to my Comcast channels - includes channels that are NOT FREE
Home Shopping Network
Home Shopping Network 2
Jewelry TV
Special Interest
American History Channel (CSPAN3)
Animal Planet
Comedy Central
COMET (Live feed only) Science Fiction
Fox 45 (Baltimore) Weather
History Channel; Military History Channel
PGCC TV Prince George's Community College Television
Revolt (Music)
Rev'n (Cars & Trucks)
Science Channel (Click on show)
The Weather Channel (Has some related programming)
The Africa Channel
UMUC TV University of Maryland / University College (lectures)
Viceland "Edgy" general programming

Other TV stuff
DBSTalk Forum list of Internet Streaming services Note: not all streaming services are legit.
Shout Factory TV (Free movies and episodes)
Comcast Xfinity Login Gives access to TV episodes, including more recent stuff, to Comcast subscribers
FilmON Many free (and premium) TV channels Lists of TV series info
TV Guide Online Video Guide Includes free and non-free TV episodes; purchase non-free
IMDB Internet Movie Database Includes TV Episode lists
Rotten Tomatoes Movie & TV reviews
Metacritic Similar.
Television without pity Forums on TV shows; Wikipedia article
iTunes - you can purchase some TV episodes through here. Note: iTunes is severe spyware.
Live TV from around the world
DMOZ Directories of Internet Broadcasts
MSN Video More TV feeds
Movies on-line
Redbox Instant
RabbitTV A dongle or service for links to free and not-free TV over Internet
JustWatch lists programs by streaming service

Shopping Sources of cheap cables and switches:

University of MD

Main University Site
University Office of Information Technology (OIT)
Associated OIT helpdesk
Testudo - records and registration
Group Fitness schedule
Library sign in
U of Maryland Academic Calendar
UMD Student Affairs Events Catalog
UMD parking restrictions
Active Student Groups
SU list of groups
Terrapin Trail Club (e.g., kayak rolling)
  Mailing list
Campus Directory Search
terpunderground course and teacher evaluations professor evaluation for all schools
Weather alerts and closings
Hoff theater
Science in the evening program
University of Maryland Television schedule (not sure is up to date)
University of Maryland University College schedule
Montgomery County PEG schedule (Other such TV channels)
Area bookstores
U of MD discounts on Dell computers
U of MD Alumni Association: Potential savings
U of MD employment
U of MD Career Center
U of MD Returning Students Program of the Counseling Center


U.S. Govt Official time
OPM government status
Verizon (local phone company)phone lookup
Yellow Book phone lookup with map of all businesses
White Pages
Morman Church free ancestry and people search page
Wikipedia, The free encyclopedia
Encyclopedia Britannica online - mostly not free, but more scholarly
encyclopedia.comSearch over 100 encyclopedias and dictionaries
The Digital Universe (effort to create a refereed equivalent to Wikipedia
British Academy Portals and subject-specific information gateways Mostly copyright expired texts, encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.
Yahoo reference
Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics (encyclopedia)
Prime Encyclopedia
Planet Math
Cartage Themes, including science : mathematics
ATT Netlib Master List (free math software)
How Stuff Works
Identity theft (
Free annual credit report Run by credit card companies: opt out of pre-approved credit cards & insurance Stopping junk mail & email Government Do Not Call site
NPS historic leases

dogpile multiple engine search
metacrawler multiple engine search
W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards group for stuff like HTML
  W3C technical reports
  HTML validator
Webmonkey The web developers resource education by creative professionals antimotivational poster website
W3Schools - tutorials on HTML, etc.
jkorpela's IT and communication page
WDB Web Design Group: Web Authoring Reference, etc.
Haxe web design language Lots of religious text, lots of religions, folklore, philosophy
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Philosophy Collection on the eServer
BestBatt Info on batteries
" Experimental Analysis of Batteries under Continuous and Intermittent Operations "
RadioShack's On-line Battery Guidebook