Around Florida, by sea kayak
Some people buy a motorcycle when they have a midlife crisis. Warren Richey decided to kayak around Florida.
"Without a Paddle: Racing Twelve Hundred Miles Around Florida by Sea Kayak" ($24.99, St. Martins Press, 2010) by Richey discusses how he dealt with a divorce at age 50 by entering - and winning - the Ultimate Florida Challenge in 2006.
It's a 30-day race that Richey finished in 19 days, but it also became a catalyst for him to work through the pain of his loss and think of the future - and how to do it all better the second time around.
Richey is a journalist who writes for the Christian Science Monitor. He is an avid kayaker and splits his time between Florida and Washington, D.C. This is his first book. For information and a Q&A with the author, visit www.warrenrichey.com.
This article originally appeared in the Home Waters sections of the August 2010 issue.