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Hudson River (1990)
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I was the only person ever to canoe the entire Hudson River from its source at Lake Tear of the Clouds on the edge of Mount Marcy to the sea. I made this three-week journey in June through the whitewater at the beginning of the river in the Adirondacks and all the way down past power dams, locks, and then into the big tides of the lower river, ending up in the wild New York Harbor. My daughter was only one when I made the trip, and I missed her a lot. She missed me, too.

Hudson River Video



This one-hour video stemmed from Peter Lourie's historic journey down the Hudson. In 1995 Syracuse University Press published "River of Mountains: A Canoe Journey Down the Hudson," 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.