Oakland, Calif.: Compass American Guides, 1997
AT MANY POINTS in your drive down the Mississippi, it is possible to take a hard right and turn into a land of rugged hills, mysterious valleys, and quaint towns. It is a land of illusion where a road bores down into a valley to follow a creek, while bluffs separate as though the land itself is pried apart. Hills spring from valleys and cornfields from mountaintops. It is a land of rivers, carved by rivers, and inhabited by them still, as if they were spirits dwelling in the body of the land, gurgling, shifting, sliding silvery and black into the shadows of steep canyons and foggy valleys.
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