Aichilik River

Hiking along the Aichilik River

Aichilik RiverDrifting off to sleep my first night in the Aichilik River Valley I hear, or perhaps imagine, the distant howling of Canis lupus. Wolves enter my dreams and celebrate a successful hunt with wolf song.

Several hours later I’m awakened by the cries of Homo sapiens, singing the praises of a glorious arctic morning. I quickly leave my tent and join the others for breakfast beneath a cloudless cerulean sky. Stirred by breezes that keep mosquitoes away, the late-summer air is surprisingly warm. By midmorning our thermometer registers 680F in the shade and in sunlight the air is 10 to 15 degrees warmer.


Little River Canyon National Preserve – Albama

River-CanyonTucked away in the northeast corner of Alabama near the Georgia border, Little River Canyon is an isolated oasis carved into a mountain. During the spring runoff, a handful of daredevil kayakers descend the canyon’s steep walls into a cauldron of class V whitewater. The wild serpent that rages within the gorge is occasionally tamed, easing into calm stretches of stream riffles and calm pools that lure seekers of solitude.

Above the canyon rim, hardwood trees nestle atop bluffs in the forested uplands of the Appalachian Plateau. Little River Falls blasts water onto the rocks like a steam furnace, creating a hovering vapor cloud of mist. Rock climbers, hikers, and nature photographers will find mountain nirvana in the heart of Dixie.

friends of river

Friends of the River

friends of riverFriends of the River identifies outstanding rivers in California and mobilizes positive citizen action to save them. F.O.R. works in collaboration with individuals, grassroots organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies to preserve, protect, and restore the ecosystems of these rivers as they flow within or through our state.


Flowing water exerts a powerful, magical pull on the human imagination. In symbolic language, rivers and streams represent the life force, consciousness, and creative energy. In literal terms, flowing water is a rich and complex ecosystem that supports millions of living creatures, from microscopic algae to tiny mayflies to fat salmon-and all the plants and animals that sustain them. From the clear, icy torrents of the High Sierra to the underground purling of the Los Angeles River, flowing water shapes our natural landscape and our inner lives.