Wilderness 99 DVD
Wilderness 99 is a video account of an Everglades kayak journey along the Wilderness Waterway, an adventure with stunning vistas and, for Pat Welsh, an unexpected outcome. Pat is ready to defeat the defiant Wilderness Waterway, solo. 99 miles of rivers and bays afforded frightening experiences and—alternately--blasts of beauty which would impress anyone.
The adventure began in Flamingo, Florida and ended in Everglades City. At various points, Pat faces his camera and talks about his impressions, his feelings and his reasons.
Most interesting is his second night, after two days of arduous paddling. He is on a waterway chickee--Harney River Chickee. Fog has set in, eliminating visibility. In the middle of the night, thrashing begins under the chickee, breaking the quietude of the jungle. Pat is alone, and he is frightened.
The next day, he enters the thick jungle called The Nightmare. Few paddlers enter the Nightmare and Pat is eventually forced out by navigational dead ends and swarming insects. His emotions are sinking, swimming, then exploding in the midst of the surprises and beauty around every mangrove.
Pat paddles to Sweetwater Chickee, near Watson’s Place (serial killer Ed Watson). A thunder storm ensues. Again, Pat is alone, hanging on to his tent in the middle of nowhere.
He talks directly to his thoughts and emotions during the trip, providing raw evidence of what this waterway means to a paddler. The photography alone is rare documentation of the sensational beauty of the Gulf-side waterways of the Everglades.