“The face of the water, in time, became a wonderful book–a book that was a dead language to the uneducated passenger, but which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it uttered them with a voice. And it was not a book to be read once and thrown aside, for it had a new story to tell every day… there was never a page that was void of interest, never one that you could leave unread without loss…”
My buddy Joe called a few minutes ago to ask if I wanted to head into the Everglades tomorrow. As I sat pondering the coming trip, I switched the TV channel from the Bucs-Panthers game to a documentary on Mark Twain. A narrator read the excerpt above out of Twain’s famous work “Life on the Mississippi”, and the author’s love for the river spoke to me. The ‘Glades, like Twain’s cherished Mississippi, never cease to amaze, to surprise, to enthrall. Trip after trip, it holds new challenges and reveals new mysteries. I’d wager anglers across the planet feel much the same about the wild places they frequent. Leave it to a literary master to capture that haunting, exhilarating feeling. Happy New Year, folks. May 2008 hold for you many moments of water-inspired wonder.