That was a splashy book tour

Diane with dachshund Roxy in kayak on creek in southern Virginia; CLICK TO ENLARGEWessel and I like to do a little paddling, especially in Florida and at “Chiggerville,” our little patch of woods on the water in southern Virginia near Lake Gaston. But the most we’re usually in the boats is a couple hours.

My travel-writing colleagues Mary and Bill Burnham, on the other hand, are a bit nutso about kayaking. It’s one thing to live with your spouse or work with your spouse, but spending days on end in a tandem kayak with your spouse? That’s gotta be love. (They do seem pretty darn happy together.)

authors Bill & Mary BurnhamAnd now, after about a year of research, Bill and Mary came out with their nifty and very comprehensive “Florida Keys Paddling Atlas” (Falcon Guide, $34.95). To promote it, they went a little nutso again. This month they paddled 100 miles along the Keys, from Key Largo to Key West. They stopped at many bookstores during their two-week tour, as well as led “paddle-with-the-authors” tours.

Bill and Mary make their final stop (by car) at Cover to Cover Books in Key Largo, or Tavernier to be precise. If you’re in the area, stop by! It’s Friday February 22nd from 5:30 to 7:30, at 91272 Overseas Hwy, 305-853-2464. If you’re not free for that bit of merriment, you can share in their adventure by checking out the blog they kept along the way. It’s got great stories and beautiful Florida photos!

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