The Emerald Mile

The Emerald Mile

The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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From one of Outside magazine's "Literary All-Stars" comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983. In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history. In the midst of this crisis, the decision to launch a small wooden dory named the Emerald Mile at the head of the Grand Canyon, just fifteen miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, seemed not just odd but downright suicidal. The Emerald Mile, at one time slated to be destroyed, was rescued and brought back to life by Kenton Grua, the man at the oars, who intended to use this flood as a kind of hydraulic sling-shot. The goal was to nail the all-time record for the fastest boat ever propelléd??by oar, by motor, or by the grace of God himseĺf??down the entire length of the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry to Lake Mead. Did he survive? Just barely. Now, this remarkable, epic feat unfolds here, in The Emerald Mile.
Publisher: Ashland : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2014
[Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2014
ISBN: 9781481509084
148150908X
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (17 hr., 23 min., 18 sec.)) : digital
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ArapahoeAnna Jul 12, 2018

Good solid story telling with adventure, history, geography, engineering and hydrology. The intro and opening are too florid but he soon hits his stride, so keep on. This would make a great car trip listen while driving the Southwestern USA because it's informative, long and will appeal to many a... Read More »


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ArapahoeAnna Jul 12, 2018

Good solid story telling with adventure, history, geography, engineering and hydrology. The intro and opening are too florid but he soon hits his stride, so keep on. This would make a great car trip listen while driving the Southwestern USA because it's informative, long and will appeal to many ages. If after this book you would like to know more about the current state of the Colorado River Basin listen to "Where the Water Goes" by David Owen.

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