Kayaking the Vermilion Sea: Eight Hundred Miles Down the Baja

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Simon & Schuster, 1995 - Travel - 223 pages
With two slender sixty-pound kayaks, a ten-pound medical kit, twenty pounds of books, triple-digit temperatures, and no contact with the outside world, Jonathan and Deborah Waterman spent two months paddling through the violent tides and storms that define the legendary Sea of Cortes. Amid the lore and mythic past of the Baja they discovered that what began as a mutual exploration would soon become an unforgettable test of will. Calmer days provide time for reflection on the mysteries of the 800-mile Baja California coast - tales of giant winged manta rays, pearl diving, and crimson tides. The days are marked with crashing surf, brown pelicans, shimmering neon-green needlefish, spinner dolphins, relentless wind, and shifting currents. At night there are howling coyotes, bittersweet mariachi bands, and evening primrose - and always the numerous fishing boats moving threateningly across the horizon, fishing the sea toward depletion. Exhilarating and lyrical, filled with images of death, beauty, and adventure, this epic journey depicts the past and present of a legendary body of water - and the struggle of a man and a woman to find each other.

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The uneasy but well-crafted story of a long paddle down the Sea of Cortes, from Waterman (In the Shadow of Denali, 1994). At home in Colorado, Waterman feels the moss growing in him. What he and his ... Read full review

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Following a rigorous climb of Mt. Denali (In the Shadow of Denali, LJ 3/1/94), Waterman and his new wife, Deborah, decided sunshine was in order and drove south. Their goal: to kayak one of the lowest ... Read full review


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Jonathan Waterman is a photographer, the author of nine books, and an accidental filmmaker. His award-winning work often explores the North, and he recently earned a Literary Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He and his family live outside Carbondale, Colorado.

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