Voyage of a Summer Sun Canoeing the Columbia River

ISBN-10: 0870716611

ISBN-13: 9780870716614

Edition: 2012

Authors: Robin Cody

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“The story is the Columbia River, not the canoe and me, but I’ve learned that friends can’t hear me tell about the river until they know why I was out there. This is not an adventure story, though some adventure was unavoidable, and I didn’t set out to find myself if I could help it. Nor did I launch the trip with a large point to prove. It was a voyage of discovery, and its telling is the uncovering of surprise on a river I thought I knew…” —Robin Cody, from the prologueOn a June morning in 1990, high up in the Canadian Rockies, Robin Cody pushed his sixteen-foot Kevlar canoe through tall grass and mud to launch it on peaceful Columbia Lake, the nominal source of the river that heaves more water into the Pacific ocean than any other in North or South America. For the next eighty-two days, Cody would portage massive dams and revel in the rapids as the great river plunges 2,700 feet in 1,200 miles before reaching the river’s mouth in Astoria.Cody’s canoe sneaks up on the bear and moose and raptors and beavers who make a living on the Columbia. He drops in on riverpeople: the trapper, the wind surfer, the archeologist, the lock operator, the native woman who grew up at riverside in a dwelling of tule reeds. With a generous and infectious spirit, Cody draws us into the mysteries of a much-altered and regulated river that is still, at heart, a life-giving place.This first OSU Press edition of Voyage of a Summer Sun—winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award and the Oregon Book Award, and an Oregon State Library choice for “150 Books for the Oregon Sesquicentennial”—includes a new afterword by the author.
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oregon State University Press
Publication date: 11/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Robin Cody was a teacher before he turned to writing. Cody has written about all aspects of the West, including its people and the culture. One of Cody's novel's, Ricochet River, a coming-of-age story set in the 60s, has found its way into a number of high schools and colleges, where it has replaced A Separate Peace and Catcher in the Rye as required reading. Cody has also written the nonfiction book Voyage of a Summer Sun, an account of his solo canoe trip down the Columbia River. In 1986, Cody received the Western Writers of America's Silver Spur Award for nonfiction.

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