Gators, Guts, & Glory: Adventures Along the Florida Trail

Gators, Guts, & Glory: Adventures Along the Florida Trail

by Lauralee Bliss


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Wander on the wild and humorous side of adventure with long distance hiker Lauralee Bliss (trail name “Blissful”), as she hikes the 1,100-mile Florida Trail from Big Cypress National Preserve to Gulf Islands National Seashore. From alligators and cottonmouths to tenting among the palmettos and walking on water, from forests of cypress knees and lofty pine to the help of trail angels along the way, "Blissful" uncovers the hidden gems of glory in this National Scenic Trail with a unique journey unlike any other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946531704
Publisher: Whitefire Publishing
Publication date: 07/15/2019
Series: Hiking Adventures , #2
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

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Gators, Guts, & Glory: Adventures Along the Florida Trail 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Ourpugs 3 months ago
Gators, Guts and Glory Adventures along the Florida Trail. I didn’t know that people even did this. At first her husband was with her but he has to go back to work. I love the relationship they had. The author has quite an adventure. Besides hiking the trails she got to meet a lot of people. I loved when she stayed on a farm. Helped take care of the animals. She had a goal and was determined to achieve it. I really admired the strength she had. I loved reading about her adventures. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. This review is my own opinion.
Deana0326 3 months ago
Bugs , backpacks and beautiful trails oh my. I am not a camper nor a hiker so this book intrigued me. Why would someone want to hike for days with weather that changes daily and lack of water becomes a reality? The author has a lot of determination and a thirst for adventure in this book. It is chalked full of inviting trails which seem to go on forever. It surprised me that she was pretty calm when meeting strangers on her journey and I especially loved her endurance as she traveled to see God’s beauty. The author really did her research before taking off and I thought how prepared she must have been. I’m pretty sure I would not last an hour on a trail. My idea of hiking is making a trip to the mailbox. Camping for me is in an RV with all the luxuries minus bugs, and bad weather. I was shocked when she went home with one of the ladies she encountered on her hike. The offer of a soft bed and ice cream is tempting but I would never go with someone I didn’t know. I’m not as trusting as the author and it sounded like she had a great time visiting with the lady and her husband. They do seem to become friends and that encouraged me to have more faith in mankind . There always seemed to be a big issue with water. Staying hydrated is very important and I worried about our hiker throughout the book. The different places the author visits on her journey were quite interesting . There are good people in this world and it was evident as the author gets help from strangers. I loved that she was able to witness and pray with people along her journey. The book was interesting but I’m still not convinced I want to go hiking. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Erin_Slocum 4 months ago
My Thoughts on Gators Guts and Glory: I now want to go hike in Florida because I want to see for myself all the things that were visited. But also I don’t because of snakes and alligators. No thank you. I’m not so keen on those. This book was well written. It was a quick read. Definitely different from my normal reading books. I love me some murder mystery type books and this is definitely as far from them as it can get. There is a bit of suspense though because you never know if maybe she’ll get bitten by a snake or chased by an alligator. Ever thought of hiking? I love hiking but I don’t do it on a professional scale. We like to hike up and down our bluff and that’s about the most we ever do. This book makes me want to go find some trails around us to hike. See some new sights and visit some new places. I think you’ll like this book. It’s one I’m going to recommend. Even if it’s not your normal type of book still give it a go. You might be surprised how much you like it. While it doesn’t read like a fiction book the author does have a nice style of writing that keeps you engrossed. My mind was not wandering as it does with some non-fiction type books when I just can’t seem to engage. I was engaged with this book and definitely was introduced to some new places and spaces. But though I love the thought of visiting these places I am just gonna look them up on my computer okay? Because I do have a knowledge of cottonmouths and I’d rather avoid them. We have them around here as well as rattlesnakes and copperheads and I really don’t want to visit somewhere else on a bit of vacation that also has poisonous snakes. No thanks. I’m just not a snake kinda person. Shudder. We have a mutual understanding of you leave me alone and I’ll leave you alone. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
5643437 4 months ago
Gators, Guts, and Glory is a book that captures the spirit I believe is an inherent part of hiking any part of the Appalachian Trail. While in college in Asheville, North Carolina, I was able to hike some pieces of the Appalachian Trail. Plus, I had a friend who desired to hike the entire length of the Trail from Maine to Florida. The idea intrigues me, but after reading this book I am not sure I have what it takes to do the whole trail. However, this book definitely makes me desire to do at least parts of the trail. I think one of my favorite parts in the book is where she talks about the “Water Buffalos”. Because my husband’s MOS (meaning his job) is a “Water Dawg” – meaning he deals with everything from laying water lines to dealing with a Water Buffalo, I immediately recognized what she was talking about before she provided the explanation given to her. The descriptions given made me feel as though I was actually with her. The only part I did not like was the mosquitoes since I swell up in ridiculous ways from their bites. All in all, this is an excellent book about combining faith with adventure. I appreciated how others were willing to provide assistance, even when strangers – such as the Paisley twins. So if you are interested in hiking, faith, Florida, or adventure, check out this book for yourself.
conniet729 4 months ago
I chose to read this book, because I will NEVER go on a trek like she did. I found the description intriguing. I enjoyed reading this book. It was a easy read. I had NO idea what goes into planning a hike. All of my hikes have been wake up, hike. I would NEVER survive what she did. I enjoyed following along in the spiritual and actual trek over 1000 miles. I like her detailed descriptions and humor that is inserted throughout this book. I chuckled a lot - especially the beginning where they were running behind, maps were not matching up - and she says: "If I meet a gator, I pray they are not hungry." I thought that it was pretty cool she would have mail drops that would contain food, clothing, etc. I enjoyed reading this book. I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging program all thoughts are my own.
Becky5 4 months ago
“If I do come across a gator, who moves first? I pray whenever we do meet, the gator is not hungry.” Such are the very real thoughts of Lauralee Bliss, author of Gators, Guts, and Glory: Adventures Along the Florida Trail. Unlike most of the books I read, this is a true account of one woman’s traipsing across the wastelands, bogs, and even highways of Florida. My first question was, this lady is doing this alone?! But no, she had the support of her husband, “Papa Bliss,” helping out behind scenes, preparing for necessities, and even accompanying “Blissful” on the first part of the Florida Trail. What I liked: pictures helped me better imagine the author and her trek through this dangerous terrain. I loved that the author described the different approaches and personalities of herself and her husband, who accompanied her for part of the journey. One was more about finishing the trail and adding the accomplishment to a belt; the other complained a lot but enjoyed the wildlife and scenery more. I just found that contrast interesting! I also was amazed by the amount of planning and preparation that had to go into a trek before it ever began... and how quickly plans had to be scrapped and flexibility had to be embraced. “I’m trying not to let frustration rob me of peace, which is easier said than done. I must embrace the hiker beatitude of Blessed are the flexible. I like to plan everything out to a tee, the first thing a hiker should do on day one is throw out the plan.” Being a book person, I know next to nothing about blazing a trail through untamed territory or drinking strained swamp water. I learned a lot. Blissful also learned much, mostly about trusting God for provision, “Trail angels” and miracles. If you like reading about real-life adventure in the wilds, this book is a good choice. I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This did not influence my opinions, and no positive review was required.