"...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
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.