Florida has about 7,800 lakes, most in its interior and most with bass. That's more than any other state south of Wisconsin. The interior, too, is home to the timber industry, the huge citrus growers, and vegetable farms and cattle ranches. There'd be some space there, I reasoned, some room where I could both fish for bass and breathe deep of the country. The fishing would be more about eyeballing a wild alligator near the boat or marveling at the grace of an egret, or so I hoped, than it would be about fighting traffic. I wanted, somehow, to get to the soul of the thing.