Growing up Riparian

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About the author:
Terry Johnson spent ten years of his childhood growing up on the banks of the Columbia River in Washington State. He holds a Bachelor's (1969) and a Master of Arts Degree in English (1977) from Central Washington State University and is currently retired after thirty-one years teaching English in the Washington State Public schools. Terry lives with his wife Trecia in Monroe, Washington, where he writes, gardens, and keeps bees.

Growing up Riparian

A Columbia River Boyhood

Authored by T M Johnson

ri-par-ian--relating to or located on the bank of a natural watercourse [as a river]

If a boy is lucky, he will grow up sharing his youth with a river. Add a river to a childhood and every boy is a potential Huckleberry Finn. The river beckons adventure and the boy answers. In 1967 the Wells Dam Hydro Electric Project formed the Lake Pateros Reservoir which swallowed up the last wild stretch of the Upper Columbia River in Washington State. A once vibrant stretch of river course became a placid lake fouled by milfoil weed and algae blooms, submerging forever beneath forty feet of glacial-blue water a magical playground where a boy once lived, roamed, and explored. In his memoir Growing Up Riparian T. M. Johnson recalls the ten years he spent growing up on the banks of the Columbia River when the Columbia was yet Mighty and a boy still young.

Publication Date:
1461198666 / 9781461198666
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

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