From the Swamp to the Keys: A Paddle through Florida History / Edition 1

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Overview

"Johnny Molloy's tale of his amazing modern-day paddling adventure is woven with a wealth of interesting information about natural and historic Florida. After I put down the book, I was inspired to pick up my paddle."--Brad Manley, Paddle Florida!

Johnny Molloy, author of several best-selling outdoor guides to Florida, is always game for adventure. In his latest, he travels the Sunshine State from north to south along some of its most famous rivers, swamps, salt marshes, and open waters in search of Florida's disappearing history.

This personal travelogue of his two-month expedition begins in a canoe at the Okefenokee Swamp, headwaters of Florida's best-known river. Paddling the dark Suwannee, Molloy curves through the scenic and sometimes wild Big Shoals, past sparkling clear springs--Troy and Turtle and Rock Bluff and more--to the Gulf of Mexico, where he transfers his grub, life jacket, and portable computer into a sea kayak. He continues past Tampa Bay into the Everglades and then heads due south, ending his voyage at Long Key and the Atlantic Ocean.

Molloy focuses here on the state's history, human and natural, and on the interplay between the land and the water around it. He describes attempts made through the centuries to explore them, conquer them, and, finally, to coexist with and preserve them. He also invites readers to eavesdrop on his conversations with characters along the way, from anglers on the Suwannee River to crabbers off the shore of Everglades City.

Best of all, Molloy invites readers to join him on this remarkable excursion -- either from their armchairs, following his references to bridges, highways, and towns along the route and charting his journey on the maps provided, or by taking to the water themselves--to soak up the sunshine and soft Florida air, to listen to the evening frogs and crickets, and to ponder the mystery of what has been lost in Florida and what might yet be saved.

Johnny Molloy is the author of 17 books.

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Editorial Reviews

Brad Manley
Johnny Molloy's tale of his amazing modern-day paddling adventure is woven with a wealth of interesting information about natural and historic Florida. After I put down the book, I was inspired to pick up my paddle.
webmaster, Paddle Florida!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813026220
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,274,634
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The River
1. Why Do It? 3
2. Down the Suwannee 12
3. Springs Aplenty 30
4. Solo 51
Part II. The Gulf
5. The Nature Coast 91
6. The Urban Coast 132
7. Everglades National Park 186
Maps 221
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