Wander “out there” with the hilarious and spirited author of the highly acclaimed Batfishing in the Rainforest.
Whether he’s engaging in aerial combat or riding an Iditarod sled, Randy Wayne White is one of America’s most adventurous travelers. He studies anti-terrorist driving techniques, dives for golf balls in a pond at a country club, hunts his fellow man with a paint gun, ice fishes for walleye with X-ray-stunned nightcrawlers, and poaches Panamanian crocodiles—or goes pig shooting in the Australian outback. With self-effacing optimism, White captures the joys and fears of wandering the earth’s surface with an eclectic cast of weirdo fellow travelers—a frog that won’t jump, a group of expatriate Brits who’ve developed an interesting cure for “road jaundice,” and even a mad Australian scientist.
Though he rarely finds what he’s looking for—such as the legendary landlocked bull sharks of Nicaragua, or the secret to successful winter fishing on a Minnesota lake—he develops a Zenlike “passion for the means” and a rare ability to revel in the rib-aching humor of each exotic trip.
In the end, White leaves the reader mesmerized by the potential of undiscovered places and the promise of endless adventure in unfamiliar territory, from Florida to Bangkok to Borneo, and everywhere in between. An icon to the new breed of thick-skinned, high-endurance adventure travelers of the 1990s, Randy White uniquely extols the pleasures of being “alone and on the move.”
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY
What Mr. White is good at is finding the unbeaten path to nowhere and teaching the reader how to follow his example. . . . And what he is very good at is evoking the scene once he gets there. —New York Times
Randy White is not simply a wonderful writer; he is a fishing guide of genius. —Paul Theroux
Randy White is a hell of a good writer, the real McCoy. —Jon Krakauer
[Randy White] writes about his travels with subtle grace and laugh-out-loud humor. —Tim Cahill
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Randy Wayne White is a former flats-fishing guide. He wrote the “Out There” column for Outside magazine for many years, and is the author of Batfishing in the Rainforest and the “Doc Ford” mystery series. He is now a monthly columnist for Men’s Health magazine and lives on Pine Island on the west coast of Florida.