Tecate Journals: Seventy Days on the Rio Grande [NOOK Book]

Overview

* More than a man-against-nature adventure-the author floats us along the border of political furor, cultural limbo, and dangerous human encounters

*Touches on environmental issues, adrenalin-spiked action, and the author's ambivalence with his own cultural identity

* A first work from a new voice that is parts gritty, elegant, and

contemporary


The Rio Grande is a national border, a water source, a dangerous rapid with house-sized boulders, a nature refuge, a garbage dump, ...

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Tecate Journals: Seventy Days on the Rio Grande

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Overview

* More than a man-against-nature adventure-the author floats us along the border of political furor, cultural limbo, and dangerous human encounters

*Touches on environmental issues, adrenalin-spiked action, and the author's ambivalence with his own cultural identity

* A first work from a new voice that is parts gritty, elegant, and

contemporary


The Rio Grande is a national border, a water source, a dangerous rapid with house-sized boulders, a nature refuge, a garbage dump, and a playground, depending on where you are on its 1885-mile course.


That's why journalist Keith Bowden decided to become the first person to travel the entire length of the Rio as it forms the border between America and Mexico. This is his fascinating account of the journey by bike, canoe, and raft along one of North America's most overlooked resources. From illegal immigrants and drug runners trying to make it into America to the border patrol working to stop them; from human coyotes -- smugglers who help people navigate their way into the United States-to encounters with real coyotes, mountain lions, and other flora and fauna, Bowden reveals a side of America that few of us ever see. The border between the U.S. and Mexico is, in many ways, a country unto itself, where inhabitants share more in common with fellow riverside dwellers than they do with the rest of their countrymen. With this isolated and colorful micro-world as his backdrop, Bowden not only explores his surroundings, but also tests his inner mettle along some of the most dangerous and remote riparian wilderness in North America.

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Editorial Reviews

The Sacramento Bee
Though constantly in harm's way, the author meets no real harm and offers a vicarious adventure that's a pleaseure to join, Pop another round of Tecate, por favor.
Dallas Morning News
lighthearted but powerful tribute to the Great River.
Texas Monthly
It's a simple and candid adventure story made complex by twenty-first-century geopolitics.
San Antonio TX Conexion Weekly
[Bowden's] account in The Tecate Journal is so unflinchingly honest and balanced, readers should check in preconceived notions about the border and the two worlds on either side . . . [Bowden] offers us a long, graceful ride along the Rio Grande and a glimpse into what is woefully regrettable about the river, but also what is achingly beautiful about it . . . Each daily entry in The Tecate Journal is another ripple on the water-another resonance-and a testament to the river's poer to mesmerize writers who brave the journey and captivate readers who go along for the ride.
San Antonio Express News
The Tecate Journals is an impressive memoir about one man's single-minded affection and respect for a river he perceives as a living thing. He made that journey on the river, witnessed the complicated drama inherent there, and shared the story. Those of us who will never, ever make the same trip ourselves can begin to understand why Keith Bowden did.
Kirkus Reviews
An account of the author's journey-by canoe, raft and mountain bike-down the Rio Grande. An avid outdoorsman and adventurer, Bowden set out to explore the winding river that divides Mexico and Texas, from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico, despite numerous warnings from friends and experts about drug cartels, the Border Patrol, the dangerous rapids and aggressive wildlife. Not to mention the river itself, allegedly full of murdered bodies, pollution and desolate stretches through which no man or woman in memory has navigated alive. The warnings, while exaggerated, are not misinformed-news reports from the months leading up to Bowden's journey were filled with violent murders and kidnappings that would make any Sopranos fan shudder. But the author persevered, embarking on his 70-day jaunt to the sandy bank that marks the end of the river and the beginning of the Gulf. Deft writing keeps the narrative moving at a brisk pace, and Bowden-a loner who can happily subsist on scant portions of tortillas, beer, beans and cheese without complaint-is an astute observer. Equally adept at describing wildlife, stinking garbage dumps and the endless stream of illegal workers crossing the river naked with clothes bundled atop their heads, Bowden is a welcome guide. (His fluency in Spanish certainly helps.) The minute details about each obstacle in the river-to portage or not to portage seems to be the prevailing question-occasionally become tedious, and the lack of a map is a glaring omission. But Bowden offers a unique view of this border barrier and the fate it suffers under political tensions. Part cultural study, part environmental espionage, part adventure, this is a welcome look at one of the mostheavily guarded yet mysteriously neglected waterways in the United States.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594851162
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 9/26/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 618,163
  • File size: 827 KB

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    The Reason why we hit the River

    Mr. Bowden was my College Instructor and we both share the hobby to mainly enjoy the nature of it all. As a South Texan and of Mexican Heritage I can vouche all the details about the border in this book are accurate. I wish I could of been there to seen him roar back at that cougar, or more like shriek at it? LOL Good Times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2008

    An Amazing Journey

    Although the lengthy details of the hazards in the river the author encounters with raft and canoe can be tedious, the characters her meets along the way and the conditions he endures to survive the trip, make the Tecate Journals exciting,informative and interesting. My copy will be passed around to friends and family to enjoy as well. A must read for people interested in outdoor activities and in West and South Texas as it borders with Mexico.

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