The Emerald Mile

Tuesday Aug 19, 2014

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2901 Candelaria Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Phone: 344-7240




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Award-winning author and journalist Kevin Fedarko discusses his new book.

See also: Culture Shock

Reckless endangerment

Big flood = the perfect time for a boat ride?
courtesy of Kevin Fedarko

On the heels of an eloquent opinion piece in The New York Times voicing opposition to commercial development in the Grand Canyon (“A Cathedral Under Siege,” Sunday Review, Aug. 9), author and adventurer Kevin Fedarko comes to Albuquerque for a special two-evening event. His award-winning book, The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon, chronicles a history-making flood in 1983 that led three boatmen to slingshot themselves down nearly 300 miles of the Colorado River in a reckless, record-breaking stunt. At the Rio Grande Nature Center (2901 Candelaria NW) on Tuesday, Aug. 19, consummate storyteller Fedarko discusses the flood and the crazy-ass adventure it sparked with a lecture and slide presentation. There’ll be live music, snacks and an actual dory to check out. Then on Wednesday, Aug. 20, Fedarko dips into the larger questions of conservation, ownership and exploitation that continue to dog the Grand Canyon National Park decade after decade. Both presentations begin at 7pm. The Rio Grande Nature Center is free (even for this after-hours event), but parking costs $3 per vehicle, payable by cash or check.

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