A New Florida Expedition

Sunset at Cayo Costa State Park
Sunset at Cayo Costa State Park

For the past month I’ve been following the travels of Justin Riney and Expedition Florida 500. He’s on a yearlong journey around Florida’s coastline and waterways while marking the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida in 1513. During the fist leg of his adventure, Justin’s stand up paddling the state’s coastline and stopping in communities along the way hosting beach cleanups, collecting data and research to further understanding of ocean science.

Justin Riney paddling along Florida's Gulf coast.
Justin Riney paddling along Florida’s Gulf coast.

The second part of the adventure takes him inland on the state’s rivers, lakes, marshes and other freshwater ecosystems. He’ll canoe, kayak, stand up paddle, and explore Florida’s waterways. Justin and his team post pictures, videos, and blog daily to document the journey.

 

 

The expedition’s primary goal is to highlight the importance of stewardship efforts as they relate to the ocean, coastlines, waterways, and marine ecosystem. – Expedition Florida 500 website

Sarastoa Mangrove clean up event
Sarastoa Mangrove clean up event

I’ve enjoyed following Expedition Florida 500 and look forward to the daily posts. I’d like to participate in one of the upcoming events. Unfortunately, I didn’t discover the expedition in time to participate in any events that occurred while he was paddling in the Gulf, but I’ll be watching for Justin’s return to north Florida as he paddles up the Atlantic coast. Hope to join an Expedition Florida 500 event this summer!

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