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The Rio Grande is a national border, a water source, a dangerous rapid with house-sized boulders, a nature refuge, a garbage dump, ...
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.
Posted January 11, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 2, 2008
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.