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Waters Less Traveled: Exploring Florida's Big Bend Coast (Florida History and Culture) Paperback – December 31, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Florida History and Culture
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (December 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813029031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813029030
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,163,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...should be of interest to native Floridians, ... newcomers and tourists who want to know more about the old Florida that is so rapidly disappearing, and students of Florida culture." --David Lee McMullen, H-Net Reviews

"...he [Alderson] describes his adventures: dodging pygmy rattlesnakes, meeting Shitty Bill, discussing Kemp's ridley turtles and pondering manatee farts." --Lonely Planet, "Destination Florida"

One of those rare books that will often have the reader laughing out loud as he turns the pages. -- Apalachee Tortoise, January 2006

One volume in a series of books published by UPF to raise awareness of the history and culture of Florida -- Wavelength Magazine, Feb/Mar 2006

The adventure provides good reading… -- Water's Edge Magazine, March/ April 2006

The author is a perceptive observer who has produced a fascinating book well worth the attention of any reader… -- Apalachee Tortoise, January 2006

With this book, you can vicariously experience one of America's longest and wildest continuous wetlands. -- Red Hills Writers Project

Book Description

Strap on your Personal Flotation Device and get ready for an armchair adventure along Florida’s salty frontier!
 
“You’ll find no more trustworthy guide to take you through time and wild nature . . . highly recommended.”--Susan Cerulean, author of Tracking Desire: A Journey After Swallow-Tailed Kites and coeditor of The Wild Heart of Florida (UPF)
 
“A visceral, seminal work. . . . Shares many of the keen insights of Aldo Leopold’s classic, Sand County Almanac.”—Michael Wisenbaker, Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources
 
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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"I am happiest when sharing an outdoor experience with good friends and family," says outdoor writer and photographer Doug Alderson. A pubished author since he was eighteen years old, he has won several state and national awards for his books and magazine features. His books include The Great Florida Seminole Trail, Seminole Freedom, The Vision Keepers, Wild Florida Waters, Wild Florida Adventures, Waters Less Traveled, New Dawn for the Kissimmee River, Encounters with Florida's Endangered Wildlife, and The Ghost Orchid Ghost and Other Tales from the Swamp. Additionally, his articles and photographs have been featured in magazines such as Native Peoples, Shaman's Drum, Sea Kayaker, Wildlife Conservation, American Forests, Sierra, and Mother Earth News. Doug also writes an outdoor and nature blog for Visit Tallahassee: http://www.visittallahassee.com/blog/outdoors-nature/. For more information, log onto www.dougalderson.net.

Please Note: This Doug Alderson (Florida resident) should not be confused with the author of the same name who lives in Canada and writes about kayak safety and paddling skills.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Baird on December 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
Alderson has helped bring to light a little known and critical natural area and along the way has discovered people and places that illuminate Florida's history and culture beyond the oft-visited tourist centers. Alderson shows you the real Florida and helps you experience the pull of the tides, the roll of manatees moving over the seagrasses, and foraging birds in a lingering subtropical sunset - as well as clouds of mosquitoes in your tent! A very rewarding adventure and satisfying read.
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By Marc on March 24, 2013
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This is a fun and quick read. The author provides mostly snippets of the history of the area rather than any insights for kayakers wanting to know more about the practical aspects of planning or executing such a trip. A map would have been nice to include so readers could get a better understanding where the author hopscotched to each day during his journey.
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This adventure really puts you in the kayak and you get the feel of the entire trip. The characters are very entertaining and real. Alderson's description of the water and shoreline is very educational. He takes you along on a wonderful trip. The history and background information provide important information on how we are messing up this beautiful state. The naturalist, adventurer, paddler and historian will love this book.
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