In this personal travelogue, Molloy travels the Sunshine State along its rivers, swamps, salt marshes, and open waters in search of Florida's disappearing history. 29 photos.
Johnny Molloy, author of several bestselling outdoor guides to Florida, is always game for adventure. In his latest, he travels the Sunshine State from north to south along some of its most famous rivers, swamps, salt marshes, and open waters in search of Florida's disappearing history. This personal travelogue of his two-month expedition begins in a canoe at the Okefenokee Swamp, headwaters of Florida's best-known river. Paddling the dark Suwannee, Molloy curves through the scenic and sometimes wild Big Shoals, past sparkling clear springs--Troy and Turtle and Rock Bluff and more--to the Gulf of Mexico, where he transfers his grub, life jacket, and portable computer into a sea kayak. He continues past Tampa Bay into the Everglades and then heads due south, ending his voyage at Long Key and the Atlantic Ocean. Molloy focuses here on the state's history, human and natural, and on the interplay between the land and the water around it. He describes attempts made through the centuries to explore them, conquer them, and, finally, to coexist with and preserve them. He also invites readers to eavesdrop on his conversations with characters along the way, from anglers on the Suwannee River to crabbers off the shore of Everglades City. Best of all, Molloy invites readers to join him on this remarkable excursion -- either from their armchairs, following his references to bridges, highways, and towns along the route and charting his journey on the maps provided, or by taking to the water themselves--to soak up the sunshine and soft Florida air, to listen to the evening frogs and crickets, and to ponder the mystery of what has been lost in Florida and what might yet be saved.
About the Author :
Johnny Molloy has contributed to From the Swamp to the Keys: A Paddle Through Florida History as an author.
Johnny Molloy is a full-time outdoors writer and the author of several books in Countryman's 50 Hikes series: North Georgia Mountains, South Carolina, The Ozarks, and Alabama, plus more than thirty other books.
|Title:||From the Swamp to the Keys: A Paddle Through Florida History||Publisher:||University Press of Florida|
|No. of Pages:||220|
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