Mornings in Manhattan
New York may be the city that never sleeps, said Seth Kugel in The New York Times, but it does seem to catnap around 6 o’clock on a weekend morning. That leaves early risers—those with jet lag or simply in the habit—with the problem of passing the time until the city wakes up. Here’s how: Get yourself to the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge by 5:40 a.m. on a summer day. You’ll need to leave time for the 10-minute walk from City Hall, but then you can admire “the sunrise through a visual latticework of suspension cables.” Next, pick up a dim sum breakfast in nearby Chinatown. At 9 a.m. join Birding Bob in Central Park for a bird-watching walk. Or, if you’d prefer to hit golf balls, head for the driving range at Chelsea Piers, which opens at 6:30 a.m. The “perfect post-golf stroll” leads up the West Side along the Hudson River. After that, you’re on your own.

Water gushing in the West
Snow runoffs are so heavy in the West this year that “rafting and boating outfitters are practically beside themselves” with joy, said Michelle Higgins in The Boston Globe. “Big white water” is expected in many rivers in California, Idaho, Oregon, and other Western states. Last year Colorado’s Dolores River, which flows for more than 200 miles, was floatable for only two weeks. This year abundant snow and a slow spring thaw mean that white-water rafting enthusiasts should be able to navigate the river through at least June. Utah’s Castle Rock Cut, a boat channel in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area just north of the Arizona border, will be open to rafters for the first time in five years. The pass links Wahweap Marina and such popular destinations on Lake Powell as Padre Bay and Rainbow Ridge National Monument, saving boaters 12 miles of travel.