E-Mail: plourie@middlebury.edu

River of Mountains (1990)

This is the adult version of the children's book about canoeing the Hudson. I met such interesting people along the way, and learned so much history that I decided I needed to write a longer version than just 48 pages. So this book (300 pages) is the "real" story of the trip, and it describes in greater detail than "Hudson River" the feelings I felt and the facts I learned on that spectacular 315-mile canoe trek.



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.