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Over the course of the five-week voyage, Trevathan rediscovered the people and places that made history on the ...
Over the course of the five-week voyage, Trevathan rediscovered the people and places that made history on the Tennessee’s banks. He crossed the path of the explorer Meriwether Lewis along the Natchez Trace, noted the sites of Ulysses S. Grant’s Civil War battles, and passed Hiwassee Island, the spot where a teenaged runaway named Sam Houston lived with Cherokee Chief Jolly.
Trevathan also came to know the modern river’s dwellers, including a towboat pilot, two couples who traded in their landlocked homes for life on the river, a campground owner, and a meteorologist for NASA. He placed his life in the hands of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lock operators while navigating the river’s nine dams.
Paddling the Tennessee River is a powerful travel narrative that captures the river’s wild, turbulent, and defiant past and confronts what it has become--an overused and overdeveloped series of lakes. But first and foremost, the book is the story of a man and his dog, riding low enough to smell the water and to discover the promise of a slow river running through the southern heartland.
|1.||River of Ghosts||1|
|4.||Uneasy Water: Fort Loudoun Lake||28|
|5.||A Taste of the Old River: Watts Bar||39|
|6.||Sam Houston, de Soto, and the Ghost of Ernest Hemingway||52|
|7.||The Nickajack Nunehi||70|
|8.||Hospitality, Milfoil, and Bodies in the Water||88|
|9.||Big Ideas, Helmet Hair, and Aquamarine Barges||111|
|10.||Short, Old Wilson Lake and the Camp Nazi||128|
|11.||Born to Be Wild on the Trail of Tears||141|
|12.||Off the River||147|
|13.||"It Is So Hard to Die"||167|
|14.||Big Dam Problems||181|
|15.||"Ain't You Got No Sense?"||193|
|16.||Eagle's Nest Nirvana||204|
|17.||Drunk on the Wind||213|
|19.||Wizard of the Saddle||233|
|20.||Curse of the Titanic||244|
|22.||"You Can't Be Like the Indians"||271|
|23.||A Cautionary Tale||278|