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Whitewater Journals

By Don Anderson


A federal civil servant by day and college professor of history by night, Don Anderson has spent nearly four decades exploring the southern Sierra mountains next to his hometown of Fresno, California.

In Whitewater Journals Don chronicles over twenty years of rafting trips down various rivers in the Western United States. He and his companions travel from the Cascades of the Pacific Northwest to the deserts of the American Southwest to journey rivers both famous (Salmon) and obscure (South Fork of the Owyhee).

Along the way they encounter rain and snow, thunderstorms and sandstorms, flash floods, and even earthquakes. Within these pages lies proof that in the 20th century ordinary people can experience extraordinary adventures.


A note from the author:

Neither I, nor any of my companions are professional river guides. There are many men and women who have made expeditions down exotic rivers which I can only dream of. Yet I believe that is what makes our trips noteworthy, in that common people can still enjoy extraordinary experiences. The individuals that you will read about in this book come from many walks of life. Collectively, our crews consisted of (among others) auto mechanics, nurses, sheet metal workers, civil servants, X-ray techs, teachers, small business owners, a medical student, an orthodontist and a pastor. Despite these differences in occupations, as well as level of experience in the outdoors, I believe that (for the most part) we worked quite well together as a team. Sharing adventures with good friends is one of life’s greatest gifts, and I feel truly blessed to have spent the subsequent rafting trips with a great group of guys.

~Don Anderson

Whitewater Journals

214 pages, 8.5" x 11"
ISBN: 978-1-61170-205-7

Published by: Robertson Publishing (RP)

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Introduction

THE PRE-JOURNAL YEARS
THE SALMON RIVER
THE SOUTH FORK OF THE TRINITY RIVER
THE SOUTH FORK OF THE OWYHEE RIVER
THE DOLORES RIVER
CACHE CREEK
THE MATTOLE RIVER
BLACK CANYON OF THE COLORADO
THE NORTH FORK OF THE FLATHEAD RIVER
THE KLAMATH RIVER
THE SAN JUAN RIVER
THE MIDDLE FORK OF THE EEL RIVER
THE GILA RIVER
THE ROGUE RIVER
THE WALLOWA AND GRAND RONDE RIVERS
THE LOWER TRINITY RIVER
THE SOUTH FORK OF THE SNAKE RIVER
NORTH FORK OF THE PLATTE RIVER
THE NORTH FORK OF THE JOHN DAY RIVER
THE LOWER SALMON AND SNAKE RIVERS
THE UPPER SAUK RIVER
THE GREYS AND SNAKE RIVERS
THE LOWER CHETCO RIVER

Epilogue
Bibliography (Works Cited)

List of Maps

Salmon River
South Fork of the Trinity River
Owyhee River
Dolores River
Cache Creek
Mattole River
Black Canyon of the Colorado
North Fork of the Flathead River
Klamath River
San Juan River
Middle Fork of the Eel River
Rogue River
Wallowa and Grand Ronde Rivers
Lower Trinity River
South Fork of the Snake River
North Fork of the Platte River
North Fork of the John Day River
Lower Salmon and Snake Rivers


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From the Author:

So why did I keep a journal for all these rafting trips? Years ago, long after my grandparents died, I came across a letter written from my great-grandmother to my grandfather. The year was 1925, at which time grandpa was working on a dam project in the Sierra Nevada. Apparently someone had recently been injured on the job; for my great-grandmother’s main point in writing was concern for her son’s safety. Although only three paragraphs long, this letter is one of my most cherished possessions; for this is the only written record I know of that exists from my third generation (or beyond) ancestors. Therefore it is important for me to leave something for my posterity. At the risk of sounding vain, I have been blessed with quite a few adventures thus far in life. ~ Don Anderson





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