Matthew Brennan was a big man, more suited to wrestling bears than sitting a horse. He lived in a valley they called Paradise, with his young, beautiful, dark-haired, fiery wife of Spanish and Irish descent and their young son. High mountains, with only one entrance, surrounded the valley, and that entrance was a small cave with a natural hot springs that supplied the valley with water. Water ran in two directions from the cave, one small stream flowed to the outside world while the other flowed down the center of the first valley to the lake situated against the mountains, where the second leg of the valley branched north. The single entrance cave was guarded by Bitty, an old man’s best friend and possibly the largest female grizzly bear in existence. You didn’t come calling on the Brennans’. As a matter of fact, the entrance to the valley was a well-guarded secret, shared only by the few residents that occupied this paradise. One of those residents was a Cheyenne war chief with an Indian name no one could pronounce. But the literal translation in English would have been Rogue, and that was the handle Brennan hung on his good friend. Brennan had discovered the beautiful valley quite by accident. While wounded and running from those who had shot him, his Appaloosa horse Sob had stumbled through a blizzard to deposit his rider on the soft sand floor of a warm cave, somewhere in Northwestern Colorado. Matthew Brennan was found there by Val, the old self-appointed guardian of the valley, and nursed back to health.
After 80 years climbing and skiing in Oregon's Cascades photojournalist George Henderson recounts little known tales of Mount Hood, from building Timberline Lodge to building a shelter on the summit.
In Lonely on the Mountain, Louis L’Amour’s solitary wandering Sackett brothers make a stand together—to save one of their own. The rare letters Tell Sackett received always had trouble inside. And the terse note from his cousin Logan is no exception. Logan faces starvation or a hanging if Tell can’t drive a herd of cattle from Kansas to British Columbia before winter. To get to Logan, he must brave prairie fires, buffalo stampedes, and Sioux war parties. But worse trouble waits, for a mysterious enemy shadows Sackett’s every move across the Dakotas and the Canadian Rockies. Tell Sackett has never abandoned another Sackett in need. He will bring aid to Logan—or die trying. From the Paperback edition.
"Song of the Lonely Mountain" is the first commercially released selection from the original motion picture soundtrack of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This officially licensed Easy Piano sheet music lets music makers bring the sounds of Middle Earth to life with a Celtic-infused melody and lyrics that foretell an epic journey.
Queen Bellamouse and King Stumplemouse and their large and happy mischief face a dismal future with just a few morsels left for food. After dismissing members of their nest because they cannot provide for them, Bellamouse and Stumplemouse huddle together behind a cabinet in the cabin they call home and wait for their fate. But just then, the cabin shakes with the thump of footsteps. Everything is about to change for the two frightened mice. As the musty silence is filled with human voices and the aroma of raisins, nuts, and cheese, Bellamouse and Stumplemouse quietly dance in celebration, for they know they are about to be saved by food, glorious food. But what they do not know is that the hermit who occupies the cabin has decided that being alone is not so great after all. When he tempts Bellamouse with a bit of peanut butter, befriends the mice, and names them Mildred and Stump, all three discover an unlikely friendship that provides them with more than they ever imagined. In this delightful children’s tale, two hungry mice and a lonely hermit form a little community where they all learn the true meaning of family and the joy of caring for others.