Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology

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Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology
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Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology
Davidson, Dale
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Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:24:46 PM] Home Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure AnthologyOutdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure AnthologySubmitted by CLEAVITT on 8-28-2014 11:44 PMAuthor: Andrew Gulliford Publishing: Outdoors in the Southwest. Edited by Andrew Gulliford. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014. 413 pages. Black-andwhite photographs, bibliography, index. 6 x 9. $26.95 paperback. Reviewer: Dale Davidson I read Andrew Gullifords columns almost weekly in the Cortez Journal So, when I started this book I thought I knew what I would find. To a large extent I was right, there are lots of interesting stories of nature and history, frequently told with humor. But there is a lot more! Outdoors in the Southwest presents eight chapters, each with a thematic topic dealing with the wild lands of the Southwest, from deserts to rivers to mountain peaks. With that topic in mind, the author sets out his perspective and then brings in the views of other authors. Each chapter concludes with study questions on the same topic. While the author may have designed the book for the classroom, I can see it as very applicable in other book discussion settings. As I made my way through Gullifords experiences, and the other adventures he includes, my own background in very similar situations and landscapes kept coming back. Close scrapes, encounters with wild animals, and discoveries are all as much a part of my experience in the Southwest as they are in the stories in this book. As with all good storytellers, Gulliford uses these stories to make important points about how the wild lands we both love should be treated. Particularly engaging is the selection of writers who were chosen for the anthology. I have to admit, I dont think I would be up to that task, given how much literature is out there. Some of what is included, I consider old friends. In that category I put Ed Abby, Craig Childs, and Katie Lee. I also include Ellen Meloy, and reading this selection I was reminded we lost her much too soon. All of the other selections have become my new friends. Steve Allen, Jack Turner, and William Karls are good examples of what I found new and exciting. I was very satisfied by Gullifords skillful editing of the authorshe let them tell their story. I was never left with the feeling that I didnt get the whole story, or why a particular selection had been included. As he was assembling this anthology, Gulliford must have wondered how much of himself to include. I think several issues had something to do with what he decided. He set up each chapter with enough background to continue the flow of the collection. He also had stories of his own adventures that he wanted to include, which he did very successfully. His coming-of-age story of experiencing Jesus Canyon shows just how well he can bring both the environmental setting and personal experience to life. Finally he says, Id gone on a vision quest without knowing it, and in those broken canyons Id begun to find myself. (286) EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanIn 1893, Colorado became the first state in the union to allow women the right to vote through popular election.


Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:24:46 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us I have come away from this book with a renewed understanding of the need to give back to the wild lands of the Southwest. We cannot leave giving back to others; each of us has to find our own way to accomplish that. Gulliford provides us a wide variety of examples to take ideas from, whether it be collecting trash on Lake Powell or reaching out to overworked Grand Canyon boatmen, but we have to put our own stamp on the effort! That is what Greg Gordon is doing when he writes about departing the prehistoric ruin in the San Rafael Swell. He has a reaction we could all have: I stand outside the ruin with my juniper bark broom and look at the hundreds of footprints in the alcove and sigh at the enormity of the task. I get down on my hands and knees and slowly begin sweeping. (101) Reviewer Info: Dale Davidson is a retired Bureau of Land Management archaeologist. He has worked in Montana and North Dakota but considers himself a Four Corners archaeologist, having worked in the region since 1987. For seventeen years Dale was the assigned to the BLMs Monticello Field Office in Utah. In that position he worked extensively across Southeastern Utah.