The Scenic Route

The Scenic Route: Life on the road between Hope and Pardise (2015)
Nonfiction, 276 pages, $14.00

By Sandy Compton

Sandy Compton has an eye for natural detail and a love for landscape, especially the landscape of wild country. He also has a passion for social justice and environmental issues. The Scenic Route is a compilation sifted from a big collection of columns on these and other topics written for The River Journal, a small newspaper based in Clark Fork, Idaho, that has been in publication of nearly 20 years. Compton’s advice to the original publisher of the Journal to mercifully let the fledgling paper die at a young age went unheeded.

Fortunately for Scenic Route fans, a deal was struck that in return for further free advice — which the publisher nearly always ignored — Sandy got to write a column for each Journal about anything he wanted. Also for free. Of the 230-plus columns he has so far produced, 76 were chosen for this book. Enjoy your journey on the scenic route.

This latest book from Sandy Compton took him longer to write than any other. Even longer than Side Trips From Cowboy. But it’s also a very good read. If you can wait, buy it from us. If you’re in a hurry (a condition this book is trying to relieve people from), you can buy it from Amazon.

The Scenic Route, by Sandy Compton