The Middle Fork – A political novel

In 2004 I had the pleasure of running an all lodge Main Salmon raft trip with Rick Glaze who later went on to write a fun book titled, “The Middle Fork” which is loosely based off of his trip down the Salmon with us.  I had a chance to sit down and read through the page turner and found it to be a fun summer page turner.  Find yourself a copy at and then sign up for a trip, it’s very possible Rick will be on it.

Here is what Rick has to say about the Book

I wrote “The Middle Fork” to share my profound love of the wilderness and the great excitement of steering my own kayak down a wild river with a group of both friends and strangers. I admit I got carried away with flash floods, snake attacks and exciting romance, but what the heck, it’s fiction. When people travel to disparate environments, they almost always bring everything they are caught up with at home with them. So it is on “The Middle Fork”. The characters debate hot-button political issues until they are faced with life and death decisions.  Yes, the debate is interrupted by vicious rapids and pesky snakes, but it all weaves together to entertain and provide food for thought. Finally, this is an American story. No “old country” shtick or quaint references—just people like us in real-time thinking, talking and running the river. 

My first trip with Orange Torpedo was on the Main Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho in 2004.  This five day lodge trip was followed the next summer by a three day lodge trip on Oregon’s Rogue River.  My first novel needed a dynamic plot.  Whitewater plumes and big holes along with the fabulous outdoor setting on the river were just the ticket.  If you are attracted to the wilds of nature, first sign up for a trip and second read “The Middle Fork.”