A Canoe Journey down the Hudson
By Peter Lourie
River of Mountains
is the journal of Lourie's three-week trip down the entire
315-mile length of the Hudson River from the river's source
in the Adirondack Mountains to the sea. The book combines
his personal experiences with descriptions of the landscape
and natural features. On the upper Hudson, Lourie vividly
describes exciting whitewater rides--some wild, some slow.
On the lower river he captures the joys of crowded paddling.
Throughout the book, he provides a historical recounting
of the development of civilization along the river. The
many people he meets along the way, including loggers, fishermen,
guides, and barge pilots, add to the richness of his tale.
Before Lourie's trip, there is no record of anyone having made the journey before in the same vessel.
"I bet this book will persuade many to rent a canoe and
repeat at least portions of Peter Lourie's extraordinary
trip. And for the rest of us it will give information we
need to protect the river, restore it, and help see that
it's loved by young and old, rich and poor." - Pete Seeger
"With the world explored, Peter Lourie chose his own backyard
for a wonderful adventure. He has written an excellent book."
- Robert Boyle, author of The Hudson River: a Natural
and Unnatural History
"An engaging tale. [Lourie] vividly describes exciting whitewater
rides-some hot, some slow-and the joys of crowded paddling,
and throughout he provides a historical recounting of the
development of the civilization along the river...The many
people he met along the way, including loggers, fishermen,
guides, barge pilots, and a squatter, add to the richness
of the tale." - Library Journal