Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Sunk Without a Sound
I'm not sure life has actually slowed down any, but at least it feels a bit calmer. I've had time to pick up an actual book instead of just listening to one. This week, it's Sunk Without a Sound : The Tragic Colorado River Honeymoon of Glen and Bessie Hyde by Brad Dimock.
I first saw this book at a gift shop in a national park a couple of years back and was intrigued by the description. It's the story of Glen and Bessie Hyde, newlyweds who disappeared on a journey down the Colorado River in 1928. Even after an extensive search, only their sweep scow was found, in calm water, fully loaded. Forty years later, a woman claimed to be Bessie Hyde and a skeleton thought to be Glen's was found...and later there was another possible Bessie. How could I not be intrigued by that story?
Our local library didn't have a copy and I forgot all about it until I saw it in the gift shop at Dinosaur National Monument and scooped it up. So far, I'm enjoying the read. What really surprises me are the pictures of Bessie Hyde, taken in 1928. With her cute bobbed hair and happy smile, she looks like a Mommy Blogger.
There was another book in the gift shop I wanted, but I restrained myself. Maybe I can order it from Amazon after I finish this one. I'm trying to break my bad habit of buying books and not reading them. (Not the free downloads for my Kindle -- those are still okay!)