Author Visit: "Paddle to the Pacific" by Laurie Case Wilhite

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Goldendale native, Laurie Case Wilhite, began her kayak journey down the Columbia River just below the John Day Dam. Her paddle to the Pacific led her through the Columbia River Gorge, where she was raised, and on to the Pacific Ocean near Astoria, Oregon. During the pandemic she wrote a book about her retirement kayak journey of reflection called Paddle to the Pacific: A journey of reflection on the Columbia River. An article about Laurie’s journey was recently published in The Goldendale Sentinel.

Experience the Columbia River from the water through the story of Laurie’s journey by kayak through pictures and music at her upcoming author talk. Geology, wildlife, history, and people along the river come together to form this rich tale of adventure. Slow down the pace, feel the river mile after mile, and join her journey of reflection.

Register in advance to reserve your seat. A small number of seats will be available to walk-up patrons at the event.

A book signing will be held after the presentation, and books will be available for sale for $26 cash. For more information about Laurie, recent news articles, and upcoming book talks, please visit her website at

We'll see you at 2 pm, after the Ridgefield Big Paddle!


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