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Verde River Elegy
A Paddling Journey to the River's End

by Jon Fuller


Order Verde River Elegy and Why We Boat and save $$. Combination of the two books available for $30

Verde River Elegy tells the story of the author's epic canoe journey from the Verde River headwaters to its end at the Salt River, the longest known continuous boat trip on the river. The Verde River's precious ribbon of green is a 196-mile oasis of riverside forests, stunning canyons, diverse wildlife, and cool water in the searing Arizona heat. In addition to the spectacular scenery, Jon also encountered flow-depleting diversion dams, river-choking invasive plants, threatening hillbillies and hat-stealing trees. Jon paddled alone through tranquil pools and splashy rapids along this beautiful oasis, with only his trusty canoe Red for company, a laminated river map to show the way, and a notebook in which to record the journey. From that notebook, Verde River Elegy was born.
Jon's writing is at times humorous, always reflective, and ultimately poignant, as development threatens the river's very existence. He took this trip to say farewell to the shining emerald that is the Verde River before it is gone forever.

Jon Fuller's fascination with rivers began in early childhood, spending hours floating sticks in a creek and pretending they were boats. He paddled his first real boat at age five. At age twelve he took his first multi-day, unsupervised canoe trip. Jon's love of rivers took him to graduate school in Arizona, where he studied the flood histories of the Salt and Verde rivers. There, the subtle magic of rivers in the desert captured him, and he made Arizona his home. Over his 34-year career as a well-known hydrologist and geomorphologist, he authored hundreds of reports about rivers throughout the West. Jon worked and played on the Verde River throughout his career, and has witnessed firsthand the river's steady decline. This is his first book.

978-1-73221-92-1-2, 272 pages, 6" wide x 9" high, 150+ color photographs and maps, September 2018, $24.95.

Verde River Elegy is also available from the following stores:
Aspen Sports, Flagstaff, AZ
Arizona Hiking Shack, Phoenix, AZ
Babbits Backcountry, Flagstaff, AZ
Brightside Bookshop, Flagstaff, AZ
Peace Surplus, Flagstaff, AZ
Verde River Elegy is also available as a kindle ebook. To order from Amazon click here Verde River Elegy

A Paddling Journey to the River's End
by Jon Fuller 978-0-73221-92-1-2 September 2018
Soft cover, 272 pages, 150+ color photographs and maps, $24.95

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