Wild Florida Waters: Exploring the Sunshine State by Kayak and Canoe (Paperback)
Let the names of Florida's rivers and coastal waters roll off your tongue: Ocklawaha, Chassahowitzka, Suwannee, Waccasassa, Aucilla, Wacissa, Sopchoppy, Withlachoochee, Loxahatchee, Homosassa, Pithlachascotee, Econfina, Kissimmee... If you've paddled these waters in a canoe or kayak, the Native American place names evoke winding streams and shaded hammocks, shimmering coastal waters and wild tree islands. Florida is made for paddling. "Wild Florida Waters" places Florida's unsurpassed beauty and abundant wildlife in the forefront, from the mangrove labyrinth of the Ten Thousand Islands to the springfed Ichetucknee River. It also includes an exciting dose of paddling adventures, whether it's tipping over in the Suwannee River's Big Shoals rapids, surfing wind-generated waves while paddling the remote Apalachee Bay, or meeting up with a different form of "wild life" on a scenic waterway. Through all of the adrenalin, a strong conservation message permeates the volume, and useful how-to information is included at the end of each chapter. "A celebration of a part of Florida most visitors-and many residents-never see, a celebration of what old-timers call the real Florida." --Warren Richey, author of "Without a Paddle: Racing Twelve Hundred Miles Around Florida by Sea Kayak" "It is past time somebody wrote a book of this caliber. A treasure trove of information for nature enthusiasts." --Bill Richards, Executive Director, Paddle Florida "His blend of history and personal anecdotes is both entertaining and enlightening." --Tom McLaulin, president, Florida Paddling Trails Association.
Doug Alderson is the author of several books, including "Waters Less Traveled: Exploring Florida's Big Bend Coast" (University Press of Florida 2005), "The Vision Keepers: Walking for Native Americans and the Earth" (Quest Books 2007), "New Dawn for the Kissimmee River: Orlando to Okeechobee by Kayak" (University Press of Florida, 2009), and "Encounters with Florida's Endangered Wildlife" (University Press of Florida, 2010). Additionally, his articles and photographs have been featured in magazines such as Sea Kayaker, Coast and Kayak, Wildlife Conservation, American Forests, Sierra and Mother Earth News. He has won several state and national awards for his books and magazine features. Log onto www.dougalderson.net for more information.