Waters Less Traveled: Exploring Florida's Big Bend Coast / Edition 1

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Florida’s Big Bend Coast is one of America’s longest and wildest continuous wetlands. Seminole Indians once sought refuge from American soldiers along its shores. Today, visitors find a different kind of refuge, a refuge from a hectic world.
In the first comprehensive armchair guide to this region, naturalist and explorer Doug Alderson introduces readers to Florida’s frontier past and evolving future. Interweaving history, folkways, and observations from life in the great outdoors, Alderson tells tales of his travels by sea kayak along the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail, which runs from the Aucilla River to the town of Suwannee. He retraces the footsteps of famed naturalist John Muir in Cedar Key, shares little-known stories of backcountry feuds that rivaled the Hatfields and McCoys, uncovers amusing theories as to why mullet jump, and invites salty local characters to share the spotlight.
Sometimes poignant, often humorous, and always engaging, Waters Less Traveled is the perfect travel companion for anyone who wants a bit of adventure without leaving home.
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Editorial Reviews

The cover of this book may lead the reader to believe that this is a traditional travel guide with places to visit, listing local attractions, restaurants and accommodations, but it is not. Instead it is an exploration, mostly by kayak, of a beautiful area of Florida, much of which has been preserved and much of which is on the verge of being developed and irrevocably changed. It is a part of The Florida History and Culture Series and is authored by a man who works as a recreation planner for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and who has training in environment issues and Florida history. The book is a description of the nine-day sea kayak trip he undertook with his colleague, Liz Sparks, to "ground truth" a new sea kayaking trail that will eventually circumnavigate Florida. It is filled with observations on the effect of development and pollution on the rivers that empty out into the Gulf of Mexico, the wildlife of the area, the history of Indian and European settlers of the area, the current status of the old communities and their residents along the coast and the impact of current laws, such as the 1995 ban on commercial net fishing. Alderson writes in a readable style that conveys information as if the reader is sitting in the boat with him, learning as he learns. Although there are many lessons in the book, he is never preachy, often funny and always informative. Alderson is a former editor of Florida Wildlife magazine and he concludes the book with a thorough bibliography covering the issues he brings up in the book. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2005, Univ. Press of Florida,135p. illus. bibliog., Ages 12 to adult.
—Nola Theiss
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813029030
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: Florida History and Culture Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,003,113
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Alderson is former associate editor of Florida Wildlife magazine and has published articles in Wildlife Conservation and Mother Earth News, among others. He is currently field director for a sea kayak trail that will circumnavigate the entire state.
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