Waters Less Traveled

Waters Less Traveled Book   

Put on your PFD and get ready for an armchair adventure along Florida's salty frontier!

Runner up for Best Travel Book of 2006 by the North American Travel Journalists Association.

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 relates tales of his travels by sea kayak from the Aucilla River to the town of Suwannee. He traces the footsteps of famed naturalist John Muir through 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, Water's Less Traveled is the perfect travel companion for anyone who wants a bit of adventure without leaving home.

What others are saying:

"You'll find a 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

"A visceral, seminal work…[Water's Less Traveled] shares many of the keen insights of Aldo Leopold's classic, Sand County Almanac."
    Michael Wisenbaker
    Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources

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