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On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Rarer still, is an excellent written account of just such a man and just such an adventure.
If you have ever done anything like this you find a true kindred spirit in Scott B. Williams.
If you haven't, you'll quickly become immersed in the journey in all its many and well written details.
I found myself feeling like I was a guy in the number two hatch on a twin seated sea kayak, so real and so vivid is the story telling art of Scott. He really does make it all come alive in a wonderful and captivating manner.
Do yourself a large favor and catch a little "Island Time" with Scott and ride thru this adventure with him.
I have read many of Scott's books and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Pick out and pick up anything by Scott and you'll be in for a real treat.
Great stuff. Scott is a true adventurer in the classic tradition, and a great writer to boot!
Like so many romantics before him, Scott quits his job and sells everything he owns to scrape together the money he will need to sustain him for an unspecified length of time. With no experience in paddling big water, he chooses the wrong kayak. He immediately blows out a waterproof bulkhead in his plastic sea kayak the first time he gets into big water on the Gulf. He manages to get to shore before his boat sinks. Scott realizes that his dream will require a new, more appropriate boat if he is to continue. The story of how he acquired a new boat with little money in just three weeks time is just one of the ways that the universe was looking out for Scott. There are many more examples of positive serendipity in this tale.
Scott never makes it beyond the Virgin Islands, but the stories he tells of the characters he meets and the kindnesses extended by fellow seekers makes for a great story. There's no high adventure here. But the kind of adventure written about in this story is accessible to many of us, if only by degree.
At the end of his Caribbean adventure, Scott tried unsuccessfully to re-integrate into his old life in Mississippi. He retreats to that old favorite paddling spot where he planned his Caribbean trip. He lived in the woods for a month while hatching a plan for another adventure. Eventually he settles down, but to an unconventional life as a boat builder and sailor.
This is an entertaining book. It doesn't demand too much from the reader, which makes it easy to put down and just as easy to pick up again. Kind of like a level 1 or 2 Sudoku puzzle.
I would recomend this book to anyone who enjoys the outdoors, especially tropical climates. I hope to find some more reads similar to this one.