Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey


I just finished reading The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey and am I ever impressed.

Several entries ago I mentioned my curiosity regarding Theodore Roosevelt. Since this was the first book I could find on this remarkable man, I picked it up and finished it in just two days. My initial interest started after learning that he was the one person who had the foresight to set aside so much land for our National Park System (and don't we wish we had someone who appreciated it as much as he today!). But I digress . . .

This volume chronicles an adventure he undertook in the later years of his life, traveling to South America to lecture and then travel some of the as then unexplored tributaries of the Amazon River.

I have to say, this reads like an Indiana Jones adventure. Insects the likes of which no one had ever seen, man eating fish, cannibalistic natives, malaria, this is the stuff of true adventure.

The fact that this all happened, less than one hundred years ago, and that the journey was undertaken by a man who was already over 50 years of age (remember life spans were much less 100 years ago), it was just thrilling.

I find myself fascinated by this man, and have ordered another book on his earlier years. What a compelling individual!

On another note, I believe that we are almost 100% recovered. We even took the rig into town today to get propane! Tomorrow, I have hopes of getting out and taking some more pictures, so maybe this blog will get back on track!

I'm so happy to be feeling better (and hope Terry will soon follow suit).

Life is good and getting better!


photowannabe said...

You have prompted me to read this too. It sounds like good stuff.
So glad you are recovering. the creeping crud takes so long to get over. Are you moving on or hanging there a while longer?

Anne Johnson said...

I've always been fascinated by this man, as well. He would be one of my eight living or dead to invite to a dinner party - along with Jesus, Noel Coward, Eleanor Roosevelt, Clint Eastwood...among others.

Kate & Terry said...


Let me know what you think of the book, it certainly picqued my interest in Roosevelt. I just ordered another book dealing with his earlier life.

We'll be staying here for another 10 or 12 days, then heading south.


Kate & Terry said...


What a great list! I'm also interested in Eleanor Roosevelt. After I finish reading about Theodore, I think I'll move on to Eleanor.