On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean

On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean

by Scott B. Williams
     
 

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"A mere vacation would not be enough," sea kayaker Scott B. Williams writes. "I wanted to savor the experience, to absorb the places I longed to visit at the average speed of three miles an hour. Why not paddle for a year ... two years?" With that, he embarked on an open-ended quest in the Caribbean to see how far south he could go paddling a seventeen-foot sea kayak.

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"A mere vacation would not be enough," sea kayaker Scott B. Williams writes. "I wanted to savor the experience, to absorb the places I longed to visit at the average speed of three miles an hour. Why not paddle for a year ... two years?" With that, he embarked on an open-ended quest in the Caribbean to see how far south he could go paddling a seventeen-foot sea kayak.

No one was willing to accompany him. He spent months working his way down the west coast of Florida, through the Bahamas, and on to Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. On Island Time is his narrative of this journey of a lifetime. Throughout he describes wonders of discovery as he makes landfall on pristine cays, startles alligators, and joins in conversation with islanders and boaters. Relentless headwinds, dangerous surf, countless beaches declared off-limits, and aggressive sharks that ram his kayak remind the adventurer that this paradise is far from perfect.

Williams learned what it means to be self-reliant and to adjust to "island time." With just a simple, human-powered craft and the few belongings that would fit inside, Williams explores an almost boundless frontier and a powerful natural stretch of the Caribbean rarely if ever accessed by the island tourist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578067473
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
04/06/2005
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author


A woodworker and boat carpenter, Scott B. Williams, Brandon, Mississippi, has published in such periodicals as Sea Kayaker, Mississippi Outdoors, and South Mississippi Outdoors and Recreation.

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