Jim Carrier’s second book, which chronicled his 1,400-mile odyssey from the snowfields of Colorado to the deserts of Mexico, has been republished as an E-book.
Begun as a summer-long series, three columns a week on the front page of the Denver Post, Carrier, aka “Rocky Mountain Ranger,” traveled by snowshoe, rafts, dories, houseboats, outboards, hiking boots and his trusty Jeep, from the river’s 14,000-foot headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park to its sea-level outlet in the Gulf of California.
The idea behind the original journey in 1987 was to combine a journey with issues that surround water in America’s most arid region. Though wild and remote for much of its course, the Colorado is plumbed to death, literally sucked dry, to slake the thirst of agriculture and urban growth in the American South West.
In the years since its publication in 1989 numerous books, articles and documentaries have revisited the river’s story, yet all the issues raised in this book remain. The onset of global warming has made them even more contentious.