"...An evocative and inspiring message to re-live the journey... to learn to fly, and to have an adventure." -- Patty Wagstaff, award-winning aerobatic pilot
<br /><br />"...Takes us exhiliratingly aloft...see the trail from a perspective that neither Lewis and Clark nor anyone else has seen." -- Landon Jones, author of William Clark and the Shaping of the West
<br /><br />"stunning photos and crackling prose...visual and literary feast. The grandeur of our land comes vividly and explosively to life.. --Stephen Coonts, Best-selling adventure author
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Arts & Entertainment: Books TOP OF THE PILE Amid the current deluge of Lewis and Clark books, here are recommended titles with a variety of approaches to the Corps of Discovery: Retracing the route of Lewis and Clark today has become the most crowded sub genre of books on the expedition, one with any number of novel (and sometimes bizarre) approaches and conveyances. This time, a different approach succeeds brilliantly. This coffee-table opus uses a light kit airplane, specifically designed for photo missions, to retrace the route from low altitudes that showcase the dazzling American landscape, some transformed by dams and urbanization, but much of it still stunningly pristine. These large-format color photographs, shot from an open cockpit of this slow-moving plane named Cloud Chaser, cause jaw drops, page after page. --John Marshall ©1996-2004 Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Southern Living Books About the South, February 2005 The book, subtitled A 21st Century Aviation Adventure, re-creates the legendary journey of Lewis and Clark across the Louisiana Purchase expanse and beyond. Photography and prose unite to illuminate the American geography and culture along the Missouri River all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Photographer Ron Lowery and writer Mary Walker fuse their talents to record America the beautiful. Though Lewis and Clark possessed no plane nor charted map, the two-person crew aboard Cloud Chaser, Lowery's handcrafted plane built especially for photography and exploring, captures a stunning modern version of the explorer's adventure. Lowery and Walker show the country not as a mere landmass nor a reservoir of cultures. Instead, we see it as a living thing, with curving rivers for veins and the people themselves representing a steady heartbeat. Join Lowery and Walker in a "green canoe" in the sky, and experience the journey of Lewis and Clark. --Blake Griggs©2005 Southern Living
About the Author
Ron Lowery, a professional photographer, prefers to think of himself as a sculptor of art who assembles real as well as imaginary elements to form a visual expression. Ron has proven his abilities in many media by producing award-winning three dimensional illustrations marketed as stock images, as well as written works, such as this book. For the past 14 years he has explored and photographed the beautiful United States with his home-built airplanes. These creative talents, plus the lure of adventure, are what led him to take on the challenge of the Lewis and Clark journey.
Mary Walker, writer and highly accomplished pilot, has widely explored her interest in cultural history, ecology, and earth sciences. Her background as a chemist in environmental and scientific research and natural resources has led her to the founding of Environlink® magazine. Mary has studied the history of Lewis and Clark for the past three years. During her journey with Ron, her compassion and knowledge of Native Americans made the duo many long-lasting friends. Mary is an instrument rated, multi-engine private pilot and lives in Tuscon, AZ.