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Main Title Downstream toward home : a book of rivers /
Author Houck, Oliver A.
Publisher Louisiana State University Press,
Year Published 2014
OCLC Number 880499837
ISBN 9780807157459 (cloth : alkaline paper); 0807157457 (cloth : alkaline paper)
Subjects Rivers--United States. ; Rivers--Northwest Territories. ; United States--Description and travel. ; Northwest Territories--Description and travel. ; Canoes and canoeing--United States. ; Canoes and canoeing--Northwest Territories. ; United States--Environmental conditions. ; Northwest Territories--Environmental conditions. ; Ecology.
Additional Subjects Houck, Oliver A.--Travel--United States. ; Houck, Oliver A.--Travel--Northwest Territories.
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ESAM  E169.Z8H68 2014 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 08/10/2015
Collation vi, 239 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Notes
Prelude -- Part I. Explorations, 1954-1981 -- Egypt's Creek (New Jersey, 1954) -- Charles River (Massachusetts, 1957) -- Greenbrier River (West Virginia, 1970) -- Shenandoah River (Virginia, 1970) -- Juniper Springs (Florida, 1972) -- Big Sur River (California, 1973) -- Shuttles (West Virginia and Mississippi, 1970-1990) -- Great Falls of the Potomac (Maryland, 1974) -- Deerfield River (Vermont, 1974) -- Rock Creek (District of Columbia, 1975) -- Barren Grounds (Northwest Territories, 1976) -- Cache La Poudre (Colorado, 1977) -- Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (Maryland, 1978) -- Verde River (Arizona, 1978) -- Blackwater River (West Virginia, 1979) -- Saint John River (Maine, 1981) -- Interlude -- Part II. South toward home, 1981-2013 -- Atchafalaya River (Louisiana, 1982) -- Shell Bank Bayou (Louisiana, 1985) -- Rio Grande (Texas, 1986) -- Buffalo River (Arkansas, 1987) -- Horn Island (Mississippi, 1988) -- Horton River (Northwest Territories, 1993) -- Pearl River (Louisiana, 1993) -- Green River (Utah, 1994) -- Gila River (New Mexico, 1997) -- Bayou Sauvage (Louisiana, 2005) -- Deschutes River (Oregon, 2006) -- Old River (Mississippi, 2006) -- Red Creek (Mississippi, 2009) -- Bayou Sorrel (Louisiana, 2010) -- Grande Ronde (Oregon and Washington, 2013) -- Wolf River (Mississippi, 2013) -- Postlude. "American rivers are among the most diverse and challenging in the world, and for many the excitement and escape they offer develops into a lifelong pursuit. In Downstream Toward Home, Oliver A. Houck recounts his six decades exploring America?s waterways,from unnamed creeks and Louisiana swamps to the rivers of western canyons and the Alaskan tundra. This engaging travelogue leads readers down over thirty-two rivers found across the country. Along the way Houck provides quiet observations as he finds footprints of red wolves on a sandbank or paddles through an aqueous forest of cypress trees. Collectively, these moments of adventure and introspection reveal his distinct and extraordinary vision of the national landscape. From the thrill of approaching rapids to the peace of resting on a shoal, Houck?s narrative draws from history and personal experience subtly to remind us how each body of water plays an outsized role in its surrounding environment. At once a journal, a primer, and a guide, Downstream Toward Home is an invitation to create our own experiences on America?s rivers" --from the publisher.