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Later this month, I am going back on the Gulf to continue photographing the magical yet fragile world where land meets the sea.

In 2009, I built my own 14 1/2' boat and launched it into the Cumberland River at my home in Nashville, TN. I rowed and sailed to the Gulf of Mexico, making photographs and writing as I camped along the riverbanks. In 2010, I spent 2 months back on the Gulf and made my way to Sarasota, FL in my motor-less craft. Now, I plan to continue my exploration of America's Great Loop by spending another 2 months traveling the Gulf and East coasts of our great country.

Going to sea in a boat smaller than many of the creatures I encounter, allows me to interact with my environment as an equal with the nature that surrounds me. Sailing out to the barrier islands and landing in remote places provides me with a vision of America few ever get to witness.

This journey challenges me on all levels, both physically, mentally and spiritually. The effort of rowing in extreme heat for two months at a time can be overwhelming. Dealing with the unpredictability of the weather and the concern of not ever knowing how the next night will be spent forces me to live in conditions we generally strive to avoid. To date, my survival has been challenged by water moccasins, bear, and an attack by an alligator, not to mention countless lightning strikes and numerous tornado warnings.

However, the rewards of this journey are equally as great. The beauty of nature is absolute and profound. I am continually reminded of the true gift we have been given just to exist in this lush, vibrant world. While traveling from Nashville and along the Gulf Coast, I have also been the recipient of amazing generosity. Whether by divine intervention or marvelous coincidence, someone has always been there to reach out to me during my times of most need. The kindness of strangers is the only reason I am still alive.  The purpose of my Great Loop project is to seek funds to create a photography exhibit that tells this special story of America's waterways and the people who live there.

Years ago, Rachel Carson wrote about the rich and varied life that inhabited the marginal lands that form our nation's coastlines and estuaries. Her words related how important this fragile territory was to our own very survival. Now, with the advent of global warming, her message takes on an alarming immediacy. It is said that with the melting of the ice packs many of the places I have landed and photographed will be under water, gone forever within the next 50 years. I want the work I'm producing to be part of this dialog of our changing environment. I also want to share in words and in pictures the incredible beauty I have witnessed and the wonderful people I have met on this truly amazing adventure. The amount of your donations will help determine the audience I am able to reach. You can follow my continuing journey on my website:

http://theriverinside.com

Thank you for your support!

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    Your name on my website. www.johnguider.com

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    Your name on my website and your name on my boat

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    During the journey, I will send you a personalized postcard from Key West in addition to the above.

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    When I return, I will send you a press-printed 5x7 of an image from my journey, in addition to the above.

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    You will receive a personal call from me during the journey and I will mention your name during one of my video updates from the coast, in addition to all of the above.

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    You will receive a signed limited edition 8x10 photographic print from my journey made exclusively for my supporters in addition to your name on my website and boat , a postcard from Key West , a personal phone call and video mention during my journey.

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    You will receive a personalized limited edition copy of my book, The River Inside, in addition to the benefits from the $100 reward level.

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    I will give a one hour presentation to any size group within a 50 mile radius of Nashville. No group? Let's do lunch! In addition, all the benefits of from $150 reward level.

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    A signed limited edition 11x14" archival pigment print and your choice of an in-town lunch with me or a personalized edition of my book sent to your home. Your name on my website and boat, multiple postcards sent from Key West, a personal phone call and a video mention during my journey.

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    A museum quality limited edition 14"x20" archival pigment print chosen from my The Great Loop journey images. Your choice of a group talk or lunch for two (within a fifty mile radius of Nashville) or a personalized copy of The River Inside. In addition, your name on my website and boat , multiple postcards sent along the way, a personal phone call and a video mention during my journey.

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    Accompany me in my boat for one hour. Either join me at a point during my journey or meet me at Percy Priest Lake in Nashville(near the Hamilton Creek Marina) when I return from the coast. Also, receive all the benefits from the $1000 reward level.

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