Join us on November 16, 2019 as The Friends of the Seaside Library welcome Bonnie Olin, author of The Owyhee River Journals.
“I believe that almost any extended river or hiking trip offers a person the opportunity to reconnect with nature, and that is a good thing,” says Olin.
However, she says a trip into the Owyhee is something quite different. “You feel like you are the first and only person to have set foot there. It is still possible to ‘unplug’ completely from the modern world,” she says. The Owyhee drains a remote area of the arid plateau region on the north edge of the Great Basin, winding through parts of Nevada, Oregon and Idaho. Its watershed is very sparsely populated, but its rolling hills and rugged red-rock canyons provide ideal habitat for golden eagles, bighorn sheep and the Greater sage-grouse.
Olin’s photographer husband Mike Quigley began exploring the Owyhee Canyonlands in 1975. Olin joined him in 1993 and began keeping a personal record of their journeys together. Owyhee River Journals combines Olin’s journals with Quigley’s 125 full-color photographs of rarely seen landscapes and transports readers into the canyonlands of the Owyhee River in Nevada, Idaho and Oregon.
Bonnie Olin is a third generation Oregonian who spent her childhood in Springfield. She was born into a family with a great love of the outdoors. In the 1960s and early 1970s, she occasionally worked for her father during the summer months on his survey crew and sometimes as his compass-man on a timber cruise.
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