Nez-Perce-Trail-SignSide Trips From Cowboy is a somewhat complicated book, and, I admit, not necessarily an easy read. There is a lot to think about here. When I sign a copy, I always inscribe it with three words: “Read, think, pray.” Reading Side Trips is, like recovery, somewhat of a process.

A large part of the book is from the journal of my travels on the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, the route of the diaspora of the non-treaty Nez Perce during the War of 1877. The Trail is ostensibly 1300 miles long, from the Wallowa in northeastern Oregon to the Bear Paw Mountains of north central Montana, and runs through some of the most beautiful landscape in the world. Here are a few excerpts from one of my journeys along the trail.

Nespelem, Washington, September 21