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Voyage of a Summer Sun: Canoeing the Columbia River


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ISBN13: 9780870716614
ISBN10: 0870716611
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“The story is the Columbia River, not the canoe and me, but I’ve learned that friends can’t hear me tell about the river until they know why I was out there. This is not an adventure story, though some adventure was unavoidable, and I didn’t set out to find myself if I could help it. Nor did I launch the trip with a large point to prove. It was a voyage of discovery, and its telling is the uncovering of surprise on a river I thought I knew…” —Robin Cody, from the prologue

On a June morning in 1990, high up in the Canadian Rockies, Robin Cody pushed his sixteen-foot Kevlar canoe through tall grass and mud to launch it on peaceful Columbia Lake, the nominal source of the river that heaves more water into the Pacific ocean than any other in North or South America. For the next eighty-two days, Cody would portage massive dams and revel in the rapids as the great river plunges 2,700 feet in 1,200 miles before reaching the river’s mouth in Astoria.

Cody’s canoe sneaks up on the bear and moose and raptors and beavers who make a living on the Columbia. He drops in on riverpeople: the trapper, the wind surfer, the archeologist, the lock operator, the native woman who grew up at riverside in a dwelling of tule reeds. With a generous and infectious spirit, Cody draws us into the mysteries of a much-altered and regulated river that is still, at heart, a life-giving place.

This first OSU Press edition of Voyage of a Summer Sun—winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award and the Oregon Book Award, and an Oregon State Library choice for “150 Books for the Oregon Sesquicentennial”—includes a new afterword by the author.


In Voyage of a Summer Sun, Robin Cody tells the story of his 82-day solo canoe trip down the Columbia River, from its source in Canada to its mouth in Astoria. This first OSU Press edition includes a new afterword by the author.

About the Author

Oregon native Robin Cody is the author of Ricochet River, which also appears on the Oregon State Library’s “150 Oregon Books for the Oregon Sesquicentennial” list, and Another Way the River Has. He lives in Portland.

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MORiverPaddler, February 19, 2014 (view all comments by MORiverPaddler)
One of the most informative AND entertaining paddling books I have come across. This book can be used as a guidebook, but is so much more. Robin Cody's thoughts on wildlife, the environment and changing lifestyles along the Columbia River are riveting and thought-provoking. Highly recommended!
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geofuhfuhtaylor, September 8, 2013 (view all comments by geofuhfuhtaylor)
Winter is coming. All Oregonians get to feel it in their bones, between their toes where fungus grows, and worst of all, between their ears. Those who know only sunny weather will never understand the inner joy of Oregon's own rain, unless they read a lot of Poe, Kafka, or possibly Markham, the poet who wrote the rollicking lines of "The Man With a Hoe." O. Henry said they were rollicking, and he was funny. But perhaps he was using irony for comic effect.

Winter is coming. Perhaps this is your first winter here. Good, you're reading this just in time. You probably have changed lightbulbs and planned vacations to foreign climes such as Hawaii and Los Angeles. Good so far, but what about your brain? Oh. Do you intend to feed your pets this winter? Shower the house plants with more full-spectrum lumens? Love your own brain any less? It'll get dark in there. Sorry to see a few good marbles go, right out the memory hole along with the other three-letter word for Sol.

OR, alternatively, Plan B for the aforementioned organ of sex and sanity, you could buy this book. Mr. Cody has done all the work. Pour a hot bath, a cup of your favorite beverage, torch a Cuban or Jamaican cigar, and READ THIS BOOK for the very first time. I actually envy you. Not your naivete about the funcockatoo climate (snnkkkk); but you'll have a literally rollicking good time drinking in sunbeams from cover to cover. Now is the perfect moment, and you came to a very right place. Dibs on the next signed copy, though.
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Cody, Robin
Oregon State University Press
Cody, Robin
Travel-US Western States
Edition Description:
1, Series: Northwest Reprints. First published by Knopf, 1995
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9 x 6 in

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