3rd Coast Connect follows the adventures of two Minnesota Yankees, John and Nat Shepard, exploring by cruiser and kayak (and sometimes by bike and minivan) the Gulf Coast between the Mississippi Delta and the eastern end of the Florida Panhandle, January to May, 2011.
John is an associate professor and multimedia producer at Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE), and this is his sabbatical project. Media gathered during the trip will be used in CGEE’s Waters to the Sea multimedia educational programs. Nat, a recent graduate of the University of Puget Sound, is co-pilot, prime videographer, and a fine first mate.
The plan is for father and son, and a host of other short-term visitors, to witness, celebrate, and document the connections between nature and culture, between land and sea, along the thin line that is sometimes called America’s Third Coast.