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About the Author: D.K. LeVick

Being born and raised in the Niagara Frontier, I grew up on the Upper Niagara River and spent my formative years as a ‘river rat’, not in awe, but in fear of the mighty Cataract, viewing it as a threat to my Upper river escapades. More than once, myself and my fellow rates barely escaped the swift current while tubing down the river or fishing off of Navy Island in a rubber raft. The Falls was not to be marveled at or held in great esteem but were held in great fear and were to be avoided at all costs.

That perspective changed the first time I went down into the gorge below the Falls (during summer of course – I wasn’t as crazy my ‘boys’ were to go in winter) and “discovered” the lower river. There, like Saul on the road to Damascus, I was overcome by the wonder of the river and consumed by the mystery of it.

I learned that there were actually two rivers, the “Upper Niagara” and the “Lower Niagara” which were as different as night is from day. One was an open spigot, empting out all the ‘Great Lakes’ in a roar and ravaging thunder – the other was life-force, cutting and craving across the earth, leaving a trail of history, raw beauty and attitude.

Born in Buffalo, raised in Riverside/Blackrock, it was only after returning from a tour of duty in Southeast Asia that I located to Niagara Falls and Lewiston. Living there for over forty years, my enchantment with ‘Niagara’ was expanded by touring, exploring and inhaling the joy of the ‘Lower’ river.

Much has been written about Niagara, most centered on the mighty ‘Falls’ itself, little on the Niagara Gorge and the ‘Lower’ river. Truly amazing, when one considers the extensive and exciting history that engulfs the entire ‘Niagara Escarpment’. Focused on making a living for my family, I wrote for myself over the years. This story, now I give to you. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have in writing it.

Living now in Michigan, my heart remains down in the gorge, watching - feeling - listening to the "words of the water". My prayer, like 'the hermit' is that I too can learn the lessons the water holds.

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Paperback, Published in Dec 2011 by WestBow Press

ISBN10: 1449732399 | ISBN13: 9781449732394

Page count: 356

A faded picture sets in motion a perilous journey for five young men, who not only encounter harrowing adventure in the forbidden Niagara Gorge, but are forced to confront the swirling illusions of the world and the God they knew--changing their lives forever.

Journeys across Niagara brings together a series of historical events, in a twist of mystery and revelation, with a group of 1962 teenagers caught up in a changing world around them.

The ice-bridge of Niagara Falls--steeped in history, fraught with tragedy--lures them from a world they know into the mysterious Niagara Gorge. As in a time machine, they enter an exhilarating world of massive ice sculptors, impassable rapids, and unassailable walls of ice. Coming face-to-face with the mighty falls, they emerge in a struggle of life and death with a Niagara they never knew existed.

Peeling back time, you will meet the hermit living on the falls, achieving his quest to become one with it. Experience the day the falls stopped, exploring a riverbed never before exposed--until the water returns in a frenzy. Witness slavery through the eyes of a runaway girl riding the Underground Railroad. Cultures clash when the path of a young soldier converges with a young Iroquois brave at Devil's Hole massacre.

More than a simple tale of camaraderie and adventure, this is a fascinating tale rich in both historical fact and stories of visitors journeying through Niagara into the tapestry of Kevin and his friends search to find what God really is in their lives. Journeys across America is a kaleidoscope journey of adventure and history exploring the questions confronting people of all ages.

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