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New book explores history of state waters
By Matt Tate For all the modern transporta-
tion at our disposal, William Au- man said there are still a host of areas that can only be explored by one of the most primitive forms of travel: a canoe. His new book, &#x201C;Pioneer Paddling:
Colonial Carolina,&#x201D; is a guidebook for both recreational and dedicated paddlers to a variety of North Caro- lina waters that also have a histori- cal anecdote. In his work, Auman, a Madison
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From Blackbeard to Daniel Boone, the Lost Colony to Fort San Juan, Algonquian to Cherokee, the waterways of North Carolina are home to a unique blend of historical adventures. Much of our remaining colonial wilderness can best be accessed by canoe or kayak, and this book will assist the reader in their voyage to uncover and experience that which is awaiting discovery. In contrast to traditional guidebooks, Pioneer Paddling Colonial Carolina maintains a focus on family-oriented wilderness experiences, presented within the historical context through which they unfold. From the eastern seaboard to the land of the sky, opportunities abound for a few simple strokes of the paddle to take you and yours back to a simpler time. Your journey awaits.
William D. (Bill) Auman grew up in Johnston County, southeast of Raleigh and about 90 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. He moved to the Appalachian mountains in 1986, and resides with his wife Elizabeth at their home on the French Broad River in Madison County, just north of Asheville. The bandana in the photo may be his favorite form of hat, but he
continues to wear many others. Perhaps best known as a trial and appellate attorney, he is a former USPTR tennis professional, and has spent years working part-time as a high school basketball and tennis coach. He presently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, in addition to maintaining a law practice with offices in Asheville and Marshall.
County resident and a trial and ap- pellate lawyer in Asheville and Mar- shall, travels some of the same rivers, lakes and tributaries of the famed pirate Blackbeard, pioneer Daniel Boone and early Carolina explorer John Lawson, covering areas from the coastal swamps of the coast to the Appalachian Mountains.
An enthused paddler since age
12, Auman said he had been keep- ing a database of everywhere he had explored&#x2013;from the Tetons to the Everglades&#x2013;since the early 1980s. He recently realized he had more
than 150 entries in North Caro- lina alone. Coming up on his 50th birthday, Auman said it was time to put some of these travels to paper. After surveying the canoe litera-
ture available, he noticed there was not much out there for family trav- els.
He said the book does not cater
to what he termed &#x201C;roller coast- er riders&#x201D; and is more geared to those looking for leisurely paddles through some of the state&#x2019;s histori- cal waters. Auman advised that anyone look-
ing to dive into canoeing should start slow and offered Wolf Creek Lake near Sylva as a prime area for a novice to break in their paddles. &#x201C;Pioneer Paddling: Colonial Car-
olina&#x201D; can be found at Malaprop&#x2019;s, Accent on Books and online at am- azon.com
as well as the book&#x2019;s own Web site pioneerpaddles.com
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William Auman said paddling can offer someone a sense of inner peace as well as a unique connection to their surroundings.
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