In the spring of 2000, Mike Medberry, a longtime advocate of conservation with American Lands, the Wilderness Society and the Idaho Conservation League, suffered a stroke in the remote wilderness of the Craters of the Moon in Idaho. He was rescued after nearly a full day lying alone and contemplating death in one of the harshest yet most beautiful landscapes in the lower 48 states.
“On the Dark Side of the Moon: A Journey Toward Recovery,” released by Idaho publisher Caxton Press, tells Medberry’s harrowing and ultimately, uplifting tale. Medberry, a former Davis resident, will give a reading at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., and sign copies of his book.
Medberry was flown to a nearby hospital about the same time that Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, on behalf of President Clinton, came to the Craters of the Moon to support protecting 750,000 acres as a unique national monument, a conservation effort in which Medberry himself had already been personally involved.
In “On the Dark Side of the Moon,” Medberry interweaves his own struggle to speak, walk and think with the struggle to protect this brutal, lava-bound landscape.