Whether slogging through Florida’s swamps in search of a ghost orchid or bouncing around in a van on the back roads of Patagonia, author Sandra Friend enjoys immersing herself in her work. With 2,500 miles on foot and eight hiking books to her credit, she is Florida’s hiking expert, and has poked around every county while researching and writing three travel guides to Florida, focusing on what’s genuine about the Sunshine State. Sandra is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Florida Outdoor Writers Association.
Paul Theroux, for his sense of place and grounding in culture; Bill Bryson, for his humor; Lawrence Durrell, for painting Greece with words; Edward Abbey, for his passion; Jean Craighead George, for her tight connections with the natural world.
"Orlando & Central Florida: An Explorer's Guide," Countryman Press
"Exploring Florida's Botanical Wonders," University Press of Florida
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