This is a listing of books and web sites that I've found useful and/or interesting. I've provided a short review/description of the listing.
I love books and am always on the lookout for good ones. Here are some that I've found especially useful and interesting.
The Quiet Water series published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books This is a great series of guides for paddling lakes, ponds, and quiet rivers and streams. The books provide clear description of many great paddles. Plus they also provide short essays on various topics. For example, the New Hampshire and Vermont book has essays on carnivorous plants, black flies and mosquitoes, snapping turtles, and other residents of the wild. Anyone planning a trip to New England or New York should check to see if a guide has been published for the state you're interested in.
Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina by Pam Malec. Book is sub-titled Best Day Trips and Tours from Currituck to Cape Fear. It provides 35 trips along the coast of North Carolina. Suggestions for where to stay and eat are also provided. The trips are clearly described and are certainly well worth doing. We have done some of the trips and plan to do more.
Sea Kayaking the Carolinas by Jim Bannon. This is another great book that covers trips in the coastal areas of both North and South Carolina. It provides a range of trips from short day trips to longer weekender trips. The book covers inland trips, for example Merchant's Mill Pond NC, (a trip we've done and plan to do again) as well as trips along the coast. There is little overlap between this and the book above.
A Paddler's Guide to Eastern North Carolina by Bob Benner and Tom McCloud. This guide is devoted to trips on rivers and streams in the various river basins in North Carolina. Put in and take outs are suggested. Book provides short description of the sections of the rivers and streams that are suitable for kayaks and canoes.
We all know that the web is a great place to find information. However, it can be hard to find exactly or even close to exactly what you're looking for. Goggle and other search engines seem to provide too many irrelevant suggestions. With that in mind here are some sites that I find to be very useful and interesting.
- Paddling.net Compete site about paddling.
- Paddling in Maine. Informative site of interest to us because we plan to visit Maine in 2009.
- Waterlines a Maine Paddling Journal
- Paddle Maine Information about paddling in Maine--water levels, whitewater paddling, lakes and flat water, etc.
- Paddle tales. A great blog with very frequent updates about paddling in Florida with emphasis on the Wacissa. Lots of photos, mainly of birds encountered on the day's paddle.
- Paddling in Virginia. Devoted to describing paddles in Virginia. If you're interested in paddling Virginia this is a good place to look.
- Cape Fear Paddlers. Web site for the Cape Fear Paddlers. Trip descriptions and photos.
- Paddling Berkeley County South Carolina. Trips descriptions, pdf maps, and other information on paddling in Berkeley County SC. Examples of trails:Santee Canal Lake Moultrie, James Town Santee River, and many others.
- Edisto River, SC, paddling.. Check this out for paddles on the Edisto River in SC.
- NC Coastal Paddling. A large list of paddling trips in the NC coastal area. Trail maps and trip descriptions are provided. Trips are not limited to locations right on the coast.
- NOAA site for tide and other data. Site provides near term official tide predictions.
- WWW Tide and Current Predictor. Provides unofficial tide predictions. Longer term predictions than offered by NOAA.
- ACE Basin Kayak Widget. Provides Goggle map of all public boat landings and kayak launches in South Carolina's ACE (Ashepoo, Combahee and South Edisto) Basin.
- Visit ACE Basin. Web site for the ACE Basin.
- Aweigh.com. Check out the Kayaking Sections.
- Paddling the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Trip reports of several paddles on the NC Outer Banks.
Exploring North Carolina's Natural Areas Edited by Dirk Frankenberg. This book describes 38 tours of parks, nature preserves and hiking trails in North Carolina. It covers the entire state from the coast to the mountains.
North Carolina Waterfalls by Kevin Adams. This is the definitive guide to most (if not all) the waterfalls in North Carolina. I doubt that there is a waterfall in NC that is not covered by this book or the website North Carolina Waterfalls..
Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia by Kevin Adams. Complete coverage of waterfalls in Virginia and West Virginia. As with the NC book above, Adams provides tips on photography.
Best of the Blue Ridge Parkway by Nye Simmons. We've driven the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway several times, and some sections many many time. Yet there were some places in this book that we missed. Very useful guide to the Parkway
- Great site about Beaufort NC. One of most graphics intensive sites on the web. Even if you're not going to Beaufort, NC, you should check this out.
- North Carolina Waterfalls. All about NC waterfalls. Where they are and photos of many of them.
- Kevin Adams NC Photography Kevin Adams' web site featuring NC landscapes.
- Alaska Photos. Lots of great photos of Alaska. Makes you want to get on the plane and head there.
- Great Backyard Bird Count. Every year they sponsor a backyard bird count. Sign up and participate. Next Count: February 12-15, 2010.
- Luminous Landscape. Michael Reichmann's photography web site. Reviews, photos, and a large range of articles. Good site to browse and learn something. Be sure to check out the forum. The forums can lead you to some wonderful photos. For example check out Trees thread.
- The Light's Right. Glenn Mitchell's (Mitch) photo site. Great site for anyone interested in digital photography. Reviews, tutorials, tips, etc. Check out his free tools--especially the CS4 Photoshop Panels and the Photoshop Actions and Scripts. Disclosure I am the moderator for the beginners section of Mitch's forum.
- Vincent Oliver's site. Good to excellent reviews of various photographic equipment from printers to scanners to software. Review format is often interactive over many days and site visitors can ask questions and make suggestions. If you're interested in a piece of photo equipment you should look here and also look at the forums. Perhaps because new printers and scanners have been slow to come on the market, there is much less activity on this site than in the past. But if you're interested in a new printer or scanner, check to see if the equipment you're interested in has been reviewed.