Crossing The Driftless: A Canoe Trip Through A Midwestern Landscape by Lynne DiebelCrossing The Driftless: A Canoe Trip Through A Midwestern Landscape by Lynne Diebel

Crossing The Driftless: A Canoe Trip Through A Midwestern Landscape

byLynne Diebel

Paperback | March 24, 2015

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The Driftless Area is the land the glaciers missed, an ancient landscape of bluffs, ridgetops, and steep valleys that long ago was a seabed. Covering much of southwestern Wisconsin, its contours were deeply carved from bedrock, not by ice but by many rivers.
            Crossing the Driftless is both a traveler’s tale and an exploration of this dramatic environment, following the streams of geologic and human history. Lynne Diebel and her husband, Bob, crossed the Driftless Area by canoe, journeying 359 river miles (and six Mississippi River locks and five portages) from Faribault, Minnesota, where her family has a summer home on Cedar Lake, to their Wisconsin home in Stoughton, one block from the Yahara River. Traveling by river and portage, they paddled downstream on the Cannon and Mississippi rivers and upstream on the Wisconsin River, in the tradition of voyageurs. Lynne tells the story of their trip, but also the stories of the rivers they canoed and the many tributaries whose confluences they passed.

Finalist, Travel, Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards

Honorable mention, Nonfiction book, Council for Wisconsin Writers

Winner, Recreation/Sports/Travel, Midwest Book Awards

Best books for public & secondary school libraries from university presses, American Library Association
Lynne Diebel grew up in southern Minnesota and has lived in Stoughton, Wisconsin, since 1974 with her husband, Bob Diebel, and their four children. Her many books are centered on the landscapes and natural world of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Lynne has been canoeing lakes since childhood. As an adult, she learned to canoe whitewater river...
Title:Crossing The Driftless: A Canoe Trip Through A Midwestern LandscapeFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:248 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.9 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:March 24, 2015Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0299302946

ISBN - 13:9780299302948


Table of Contents

Down the Cannon
On the Upper Mississippi
Windbound on Pepin
Locking Through
Of Barges and Speedboats
In Their Own Pool
Take a Left at Wyalusing
Up the Lower Wisconsin
Fourth of July
Out of the Fog
Defeated by the Bottoms
River Home Yahara
Index of River Names 

Editorial Reviews

“Part travel journal, part history lesson, and part science class—all bound together in fewer than 250 pages. . . . Armchair travelers might be tempted to rent a canoe this summer.”—Isthmus