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Yellowstone Drift: Floating the Past in Real Time

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In a time when everything seems to be regulated, controlled, and monitored, Yellowstone Drift is a refreshing and often exhilarating look at the natural wonder of Montana’s Yellowstone River.

High above sea level in the mountains of the Yellowstone National Park plateau, the river tumbles and rushes down to the Paradise Valley just north of Livingston, Montana, before meandering through the northern high plains for well over five hundred serpentine miles to its confluence with ...

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Overview

In a time when everything seems to be regulated, controlled, and monitored, Yellowstone Drift is a refreshing and often exhilarating look at the natural wonder of Montana’s Yellowstone River.

High above sea level in the mountains of the Yellowstone National Park plateau, the river tumbles and rushes down to the Paradise Valley just north of Livingston, Montana, before meandering through the northern high plains for well over five hundred serpentine miles to its confluence with the Missouri River in North Dakota. Each chapter of Yellowstone Drift chronicles a leg of John Holt’s journey down the river, promising that the reader doesn’t miss a single mile of natural beauty. Holt, in his customary free-form, anecdotal style and oblique vision, takes the reader on a wild ride down this natural treasure, examining the wildlife, the people, the fishing, and the river itself.

John Holt is the author of the acclaimed Reel Deep series of trout fishing books, the comic-gothic novel Hunted, and Coyote Nowhere: In Search of America’s Last Frontier. He lives in Livingston, Montana, with his wife Ginny, a photographer.

Doug Peacock is the author of Grizzly Years and Walking It Off .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904859895
  • Publisher: AK Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Counterpunch Series
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

A former reporter for the Chicago Tribune, John Holt gave it all up to chase trout in the lakes and streams of Montana. Holt is the author of the highly-acclaimed "Reel Deep" series on Montana's lakes and rivers. He has written two novels as well as a widely praised environmental history of the American West, Coyote Nowhere. Doug Peacock is the author or Grizzly Years and Walking It Off.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Elk River Doug Peacock Peacock, Doug

Introduction All of This Begins Here

Ch. 1 Gliding Through Paradise: Carbella to Mayor's Landing (46 miles) 1

Ch. 2 Out Into The Open: Mayor's Landing to Big Timber (39 miles) 15

Ch. 3 Whitewater Slide: Big Timber to Stillwater River (43 miles) 45

Ch. 4 The Modern World Surfaces Then Fades Away: Stillwater River to Pompey's Pillar (83 miles) 71

Ch. 5 Back Into The Sun: Pompey's Pillar to Howrey Island (54 miles) 95

Ch. 6 Prairie, Coulee and Bluff: Howrey Island to Tongue River (90 miles) 109

Ch. 7 High Plains Badlands: Rauche Juan (Just Below Tongue River) to Glendive (92 miles) 131

Ch. 8 Getting To This: Glendive to Fort Buford at Missouri River North Dakota (77 miles) 157

Conclusion: Nowhere At All Is Really Everywhere 175

Further Reading 183

Index 201

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