Great Loop Side Trips: 20 Cruising Adventures on Eastern North America's Waterways is the sequel to the authors' award-winning bestseller, Honey, Let's Get a Boat... : A Cruising Adventure of America's Great Loop. The first book was the story of their Great Loop Cruise of 6300 miles around Eastern North America known as the Great Loop or Great Circle Cruise. The Great Loop is the Interstate; the intersecting waterways are the Blue Highways-- the rivers, lakes and canals that flow into the main stream. Every spring and fall for the last several years the authors hitched up their 25-foot trailerable boat to the pickup and hauled it to places they'd never been before.
Written and published in the style of Honey, Let's Get a Boat..., Great Loop Side Trips continues the adventures of discovering Eastern North America from the water's edge. Information on charts, guidebooks, marinas and launch ramps needed to cruise these Side Trips is included. Side Trips cruised are the St. Johns River, Potomac and Patuxant Rivers, Erie Canal, Little Triangle Loop, Lachine Canal, St. Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers, North Channel's North Shore, Wisconsin's Door Peninsula, Upper Mississippi River, Arkansas River, Ohio River and tributaries including the Monongahela, Allegheny and Great Kanawha Rivers, the Cumberland River, Tennessee River and tributaries, Upper Black Warrior River and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from Mobile to Mexico. Contributing writers include stories of passages on Lake Superior, Lake Michigan's Inland Waterway and an excursion into the Finger Lakes off the Erie Canal.