I am really, really excited to announce publication of my latest collection of stories, "Jakey's Fork — A River's Journey."
Before making plans for your road trip this year, before breaking out the Rand McNally, come with me and visit Jakey's Fork— a stream high on the Continental Divide in the Rockies. Follow it through
Wyoming , and into Montana . Along the way, spend some time with Lewis and
Clark, Butch Cassidy, Sitting Bull, and Teddy Roosevelt … to name a few. North
A book launch will take place Tuesday evening at , March 20th, at Village Books in
(For you non-Washingtonians, that's a historic district in Fairhaven .) Bellingham
Everyone's invited. There will be cookies!
Below, is a snippet from the book.
There is no other place like it in the country.
Standing on top of the world beneath an impossibly blue sky in the
Wind River Range in , my wife Cherie and I let it sink
in. At Wyoming , 9,212 feet above sea level, a
person with a strong arm and good aim could throw a rock in each of three
directions, and each missile would splash down in a stream, a tributary of one
of the three major river systems in the West: The Columbia, the Union Pass , and the Mississippi-Missouri.
Water from one large meadow in the Colorado Rockies, running to three points of the compass? How does
Chilly and zipped up in jackets despite the heat in the valley below, we had the place to ourselves. To the south,
rose another twenty-three hundred
feet, and mountain crests sketched the horizon in every direction. The big sky
spread out forever as we stood and contemplated the significance of the place
and our insignificant presence within it. Union Peak
From this unique spot on the continent, we chose one of the three fledgling watercourses, a little creek called Jakey’s Fork, and followed where it led—out of the meadow, through forests and past fields, past valleys and towns—to learn about its journey. Beginning high above the tree line, we planned to track the small stream from its trickle seeping out of a marshy pond until hundreds of miles later its successor would meet a massive river of history, the mighty Missouri. A cupful of the clear water running past our feet would one day, amazingly, find the
and then the Mississippi Gulf of Mexico ….