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Robert Silk is the Florida tourism and airlines editor for Travel Weekly and former senior staff writer for the Key West Citizen/Florida Keys Free Press. He has also written for the Chicago Tribune and Miami Herald, among other publications. His latest book, An Ecotourist’s Guide to the Everglades and the Florida Keys (University Press of Florida) is packed with adventure and a local’s expert advice. From the Ten Thousand Islands to Big Cypress, the Everglades, and the Florida Keys, Silk stops through alluring locales, such as a mysterious Coral Castle in the Redland/Homestead area, and the exceptional waterside campgrounds of Biscayne National Park. Silk’s tour of the region even features an eerie Cold War–era missile base deep in Everglades National Park. Awe-inspiring boardwalks, paddles through mangroves, dives to imperiled reefs, a ride on the famous African Queen boat from the eponymous Bogart and Hepburn movie, and a sampling of the scenic and quirky attraction of Key West complete Silk’s journey. Along the way, the reader will learn about local history and culture and discover some of the eclectic, locally owned restaurants, watering holes, and attractions that possess charming Old Florida character.