Adventures in the Ditch
A Memoir of Family, Navigation, and Discovery on the Intracoastal Waterway
by Jon Coile
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As a seven-year-old boy, Jon Coile dreamed of spending the summer sailing Author of Evolution of an Xmas Letter the Atlantic. He just couldn’t get his friends to cooperate. Coile grew up and spent time on the water, and in Adventures in the Ditch, he shares one story of a family nautical adventure.
Hoping to rekindle the wanderlust and excitement of earlier sailing experiences, Coile, his thirty-seven-year-old brother Andrew, and their eighty-one-year-old father Russell embark on a nine-day, 2,500-mile, round-trip voyage on the Intracoastal Waterway—from the Chesapeake Bay to Miami. Their refurbished vessel, the Griffin, throws them some curveballs, and the trio encounters other unexpected situations, calling for creative and whimsical solutions.
More than a mere boat trip, Adventures in the Ditch presents a rich, warm, and personal story of family relationships.
Praise for Adventures in the Ditch
“Jon Coile’s action-packed account of a journey on the Inland Waterway with his elderly father beautifully captures the challenges of navigating and the tensile strength of family ties.”
—Susan Moger, Former Senior Editor, Scholastic Inc.
- iUniverse, March 2011
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