Gunkholing ?1995

Rachel E. Shuttlesworth rshuttle at BAMA.UA.EDU
Mon Jul 26 20:25:53 UTC 2004

I found this: "Gunkholing can be simply described as a meandering voyage
through the sloughs and rivers of the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento River
Delta." at, presumably going back
to 1995. I guess it refers to exploring holes of gunk...:-)

Kathleen E. Miller wrote:
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> Poster:       "Kathleen E. Miller" <millerk at NYTIMES.COM>
> Subject:      Gunkholing
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> In the midst of planning a kayaking trip to Maine, I have come across
> several Web sites and guides talking about "the best gunkholing on the coast."
> First, is it legal? ;-)
> Second, what exactly is it? It doesn't seem to be in MW, OED or ADH3.
> Thanks.
> Kathleen E. Miller
> Assistant to William Safire
> The New York Times


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