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"...I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly." -- JESUS in John 10:10

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Expedition #21 - Merritt Island Florida National Wildlife Refuge (Biolum Tour)

Expedition Type: Kayak tour (two part), Friday, June 11, 2010, Merritt Island NWR Florida (AM and PM)
Distance: 5 miles total (approx)  Rating: 5++/5
Difficulty: Easy
Conditions: (Part I - 09:00-12:00 Thousand Islands area, clear, hot, humid)  (Part II - 21:00-24:00 Haulover Canal / Indian River / Bear Cove / Mosquito Cove, clear, stars everywhere, mild, pleasant)
(Part I) (Liz, Jon, Amber, & me).  Toured the Thousand Islands area near Cocoa Beach, FL.  Mangrove coastal area.  Viewed several manatees, Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Green Heron, Night Heron, Snake Bird, Florida Stingray, different species of mangrove trees.  Such a beautiful area.  Liz and Amber tried their hands at single kayaks.  Liz left with some Red Mangrove trees to try and grow at home!

(Part II) (Pam & Barry joined us for this portion.)  A phenomenal, joyful experience!  The bioluminescent algae, the myriad stars, the jumping mullet, porpoises, beautiful coves of the Indian River - GOD, YOU, were magnified in YOUR creation.  Thank YOU for this special time.  Felt like a kid chasing the mullet and wide eyed in amazement at the surreal glow of the dinoflagelates.  Liz & I shared a tandem kayak.  What a wonderful time.  My heart was filled to overflowing.

I was privileged to witness some of the most awe-inspiring work of GOD.  On Bear Cove we were surrounded by acres of sea grass beds.  A seemingly endless canopy of stars draped over us.  Our boat was supported on a warm bed of water, filled with countless bio luminescent algae.  We were cocooned in the warmth and beauty of the CREATORS love – exhibited in brilliant clarity through sight, sound, smell, touch, and spirit!  The algae’s bio luminescent glow cast a surreal feeling over our time – but believe me it was real! 

How can anyone witness such an event and not be “touched” by a realization of our CREATOR GOD and by a desire to know HIM

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