D.G. MARTIN: Tracing the steps of North Carolina's first English explorer
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 -- John Lawson made his trip to explore and learn about unfamiliar lands. He made the trip on foot because there was no better way to travel through the endless forests of backcountry Carolinas. The notes he took became the basis of "A New Voyage to Carolina," first published in 1709 and still a classic for its rich descriptions. The more recent traveler, writer Scott Huler, made the long walk to follow in Lawson's footsteps. Huler could have made the trip of several hundred miles in a day or two in a car on modern roads. But he wanted to go slow, seeing today's landscapes and peoples at the pace Lawson traveled.